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Opportunities to join the Q community are now open!

Application guidance is available to download here.

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 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.

Greater Manchester AHSN, has partnered with Q to help grow the Q community. To ensure the 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. Opportunities for people working or volunteering in our region, will be open from 11 May until 12 June 2017.

Those interested in joining Q will need to demonstrate knowledge and experience of improvement and reflect on how they can benefit and contribute to the community. There is no cap on numbers.

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.

To help you decide if Q is for you, use this decision tree developed by the Health Foundation.

Further guidance is available in this interactive PDF.

More information about Q can be found at q.health.org.uk. Register via the website, or email JoiningQ@health.org.uk to be kept up to date and reminded when the opportunity to apply in Greater Manchester opens.


Jane Macdonald

Jane’s current role as a member of the Executive team at Greater Manchester AHSN is to design and implement large-scale improvement programmes across Greater Manchester utilising knowledge of...

Vanessa Gardener

Vanessa is Director of Transformation at Central Manchester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She studied Physiology at undergraduate level, and has a master’s in Health Care Policy.

Michael Spence

Michael is currently a Programme Manager working for the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Greater Manchester, which aims to improve the health of...

Chelliah Selvasekah

Mr Selvasekar is a consultant colorectal, laparoscopic and robotic surgeon at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

Andrea McGuinness

Andrea’s background is pure NHS! She is a Registered General Nurse with over 25 years NHS experience and has an MSc in Strategic Leadership and Change Management. Andrea has worked in a variety of...

Katie Pieroni

Katie trained as a doctor in Tower Hamlets, one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK and qualified in 2003. She worked in East London and Scotland before moving to Manchester in 2005 to start...

Maria Ahmed

Maria is a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Primary Care and a GP Registrar, combining clinical training in General Practice with academic research. Her core interests and expertise lies in patient...

Lesley Lappin

Lesley’s current role is in academia, as a Lecturer/Module Leader within the directorate of Multi-Professional Post Graduate Studies at the University of Salford.

Caroline Poole

Caroline Poole is Strategic Lead for Long-Term Conditions at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. The role involves driving change in models of healthcare delivery to meet the needs of a growing...

Alison Dwyer

Alison is a Consultant Nurse who specialises in the management of acute and chronic pain. She has an MSc in Pain Management and joined Manchester and Salford Pain Centre in 2003.

Abigail Harrison

Abigail is the Associate Director of Measurement and Innovation at Haelo, an innovation an improvement science centre in Salford.

Latest opportunity to join Q

A report, summarising learnings from the first year of the Q initiative was published in May. Following this, we are supporting the application process for the next, pilot stage of the programme.

Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network leading growing the community from May 2017

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK. Through Q people are coming together to form a community - sharing ideas, enhancing skills and collaborating on...

Applying for Q in Greater Manchester

On Thursday 8th June, GM AHSN held a webinar to help support applicants for the Q initiative in Greater Manchester.