Q is an initiative, led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded with NHS England, connecting people skilled in improvement across the UK. Q will make it easier for people from all parts of the health care system with expertise in improvement to share ideas, enhance their skills and make changes that bring tangible benefits for patients.
Q began as an initiative to recruit ‘5,000 Safety Fellows’ following a recommendation of the widely respected 2013 Berwick report A promise to learn, a commitment to act. Now Q is carrying forward the vision to embed continual learning and improvement in the NHS.
Q is bringing together a diverse range of people from front-line clinicians, managers and researchers to policy makers, patient leaders and those bringing expertise from other industries. Together the Health Foundation and NHS England have committed an initial £2m of funding for 2015 to develop and deliver this long-term initiative.The founding cohort will contribute collaboratively to the long-term design and structure of Q. The aim is to connect a critical mass of people with around 5,000 participants by 2020.
The founding cohort
12 founding cohort participants have been chosen in the Greater Manchester area. GM AHSN worked with the Health Foundation worked with partners in the health service to appoint these participants, will help to design, refine and test Q during the remainder of 2015. Most of the design work will take place during three two-day design events throughout 2015. This design process will inform a wider recruitment campaign which will start in 2016.