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The Q Community

Q is a connected community working together to improve health and care quality across the UK.  There are almost 3,000 members, including those at the front line of health and social care, patient leaders, managers, researchers, commissioners, policymakers and others.

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

The diversity of the community boosts the power of Q as a source of innovation and practical problem solving by including a wide range of perspectives. Q is delivered by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS Improvement.

Why join Q?

Here at the West of England AHSN we support Q as it’s a great way to connect with colleagues across the region and beyond.

  • Join a diverse community to collaborate, share and learn from each other to help create real change.
  • Tap into Q as a source of innovation and practical problem solving.
  • Develop your improvement skills and help lead and develop others beyond Q.
  • No membership fee.
  • Let Q grow with you as your career progresses – participate in ways that fit with your life and improvement priorities.
  • Enjoy benefits including journals and learning resources, Q visits and inspiring events scheduled throughout the year.
  • Get involved in other activities including special interest groups, Q Labs and Randomised Coffee Trials with others in the community.

How we support Q in the West of England

  • We’re supporting hexitime – the new skills exchange and timebank for Q members. Hexitime is founded on the principle that you give an hour of your time and claim one back from another registered member of the community who has a skill that you need.
  • In September 2019 we’ll be hosting a West of England Q Conference – watch this space for more details!
  • We’re setting up an online Q community on hyvr – a social media platform for healthcare users and healthcare innovators to meet, discuss, collaborate and co-design new healthcare ideas, products and services. Register on hyvr to find out more.

How to join

To join Q you need to complete an application that will be assessed by people experienced in improvement from a range of different backgrounds.

In the application you will be asked to reflect on two key areas:

  • Experience and knowledge – your experience to date of using structured approaches to enable improvement
  • Commitment – why you want to join Q

If you are keen to join Q and would like advice on your application, please get in touch with:

  • Kay Haughton, Director of Service and System Transformation, 0117 900 2192
  • Dave Evans, Programme Manager, 0117 900 2249
  • Hein Le Roux, Primary Care GP Lead, 0117 984 1629