Q London November15 Day2 356smallerApplications are now open from today (3rd August 2017) until Monday 11th September 2017 to become a member of the Q community (formerly Q fellows) in the East Midlands.

What is Q?

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.

The community is made of up a diverse range of people including those at the frontline 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.

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. The East Midlands Academic Health Science Network has partnered with the Health Foundation and is helping to grow the community in the East Midlands.

What is needed to apply to be a Q member?

Q is not a taught programme, but a network of support for those already knowledgeable in undertaking improvement. 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.

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.

How can I join?

If you have expertise in improvement and primarily work/volunteer in the East Midlands. You can apply online via the Q portal AIMS by the deadline midnight Monday 11th September 2017. For any queries on applying please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115 748 4277.

Find out more about Q and joining here.

Successful Q community applications will be welcomed at our quality improvement network event on 20th November 2017, Trent Vineyard, Lenton Lane Nottingham, NG7 2PX. This event will be a great opportunity to meet with other Q members and others interested in QI. Book your place online here