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Recruiting to the Q community

The next wave of recruitment to the Q community includes Yorkshire and Humber and will open on Thursday 9th March for four weeks.

Q logo v2Q is a national initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across health and care services in the United Kingdom.

Q’s mission is to foster continuous and sustainable improvement in health and care by creating opportunities for people to come together to create a community to share ideas, enhance skills and collaborate on improvement projects.

The original inspiration for Q came from Don Berwick’s vision for 5,000 safety improvement fellow working within the NHS. To bring this idea to life, NHS Improvement and the Health Foundation working with a cohort of founding members to co-design Q. Nine Improvement Fellows from the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network’s (AHSN) Improvement Academy were part of this founding cohort.

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.

The Q community is now growing and applications from the West of England, South West England, North East and Cumbria have been underway during autumn 2016, with 352 new members coming on board in February 20217. Over the coming years, it is envisaged that Q will become a community of thousands of people with improvement expertise.

The Q community provides an excellent opportunity for the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN’s Improvement Academy to build on the success of the existing Yorkshire & Humber Improvement Fellows’ scheme and to use its extensive knowledge of how to successfully support and realise the potential of improvers to influence Q.

More information is available on the Improvement Academy’s website

To sign up to the Q community click here