‘Q’initiative

Q is currently open for applications in the East of England. Join a connected community of people working together to improve health and care across the UK.

Q is an initiative connecting people who have health and care improvement expertise across the UK. It is being led by The Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS Improvement.

Q’s mission is to foster continuous and sustainable improvement in health and care. To achieve this, The Health Foundation is creating opportunities for people to come together and form a community – sharing ideas, enhancing skills, and collaborating to make health and care better.

Q is not a taught programme, but a network of support for those already knowledgeable in undertaking improvement. There is no membership fee or minimum time commitment. Q is designed to support busy people with their current improvement work, on-going development and promote their visibility as a leader of improvement.

Eastern AHSN will hold two Webex sessions for anyone interested in finding out more about the Q, the Q community, the benefits, and the application process. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. These will take place on:

24 May at 11am – 12pm: Book your place here
5 June at 10am – 11am: Book your place here

Contact qrecruitment@eahsn.org for any questions about the Q recruitment process.

Q was co-designed with 231 founding members in 2015. This helps ensure Q is genuinely helpful to the diverse range of people leading improvement. Q will continue to evolve – being shaped with the community as it grows. There are currently 799 members in the community, and by 2020 we anticipate a community of thousands – all belonging to an established long-term home for improvers

The community is made of up a diverse range of people including those at the front line of health and social care, patient leaders, managers, commissioners, researchers, policymakers, and others. Including a wide range of perspectives boosts the power of Q as a source of innovation and practical problem solving.

More information about Q can be found at q.health.org.uk

  • Members will join a community of diverse individuals enabling connections that expand their existing networks with a focus on achieving practical and measurable improvements in healthcare.  There are many benefits for patients, members, employers and the health and care system.

What are the wider benefits of the Eastern offer?

Eastern AHSN provides health and social care teams and individuals with access to improvement support and development opportunities. We can work with you to develop and implement improvement solutions that are important for your area of work, by testing ideas and supporting the introduction of sustainable changes.

We bring likeminded people together to share ideas and connect with others who are doing similar pieces of work or facing similar challenges. The Q community complements and underpins our improvement activities by providing access to a national network to share ideas, enhance skills and collaborate to make health and care better.

As well access to the national Q community, successful applicants will be invited to join the Eastern Improvement Network. This new network brings together individuals with improvement expertise from a variety of health and care setting across Eastern England

To ensure the Q community is grown in a manageable way, and to enable members to contribute to its evolving shape and design, opportunities to join Q are being phased across different parts of the UK. Opportunity to join the Q community will be open to East of England applications from 11 May to 12 June 2017.

A welcome event will be held for successful applications from the East of England on 19 September 2017

Barbara Hercliffe, Eastern Academic Health Science Network

Charles Kpodo, University of Bedfordshire

Chi Cheung, Norwich Medical School

David Sexby, East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Donna Malley, Cambridge Community Services NHS Trust

Fiona Carey, East of England Citizens’ Senate

James Ward, Cambridge University Engineering Department

Maria Cooke, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Maryanne Mariyaselvam, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust / Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Stephen Webb, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust / Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Della Warren, Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

Fiona Greenfield, Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Robert Isherwood, East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Sarah Rae, Promise; Susan Went, Eastern Academic Health Science Network

Trevor Fernandes, East of England Citizen’s Senate

Application documents can be dowloaded from this section. Please check back as the documents are currently being developed.

Key dates

  • 11 May 2017 – Application window opens
  • 24 May 2017, 11am-12pm and 5 June 2017, 10am-11am – An opportunity to join a webex and hear about the Q Initiative and ask any questions you may have about the process.
  • 12 June 2017 – Application window closes
  • 19 September 2017 – Q ‘Welcome’ event for new Q members

To apply, you will need to complete and submit an online application via the AIMS portal. We estimate that it will take between one and two hours to complete the form. You can save the application part way through and return it later.

Full guidance on accessing, completing and submitting your application via AIMS can be found in the AIMS user guide. We recommend that you keep a copy of this, along with the applicant guidance, to hand and refer to it while you complete your application.

The application will ask you to reflect on:

Commitment: considered and lived commitment to collaborative improvement
Knowledge: ability to articulate and reflect on the approaches used personally and by others involved in improving quality
Experience: experience of playing an influential role in efforts to improve quality across boundaries

For each of these areas you will have up to 500 words. We recommend you type your response into a Word document and copy and paste it into AIMS.

If you have a technical issue with the AIMS system please email AIMS@health.org.uk