Q Initiative in the North


The Q initiative is led by the Health Foundation and co-sponsored by NHS Improvement. Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

Q’s mission is to foster continuous and sustainable improvement in health and care. To achieve this, we are creating opportunities for people to come together as an improvement community – sharing ideas, enhancing skills and collaborating to improve health and care.

Q is being created for the long term to support individuals and their existing improvement work. It has been designed to complement and help connect other initiatives and networks.

The Q community is made up of a diverse range of people, including those at the front line of health and social care, patient leaders, managers, commissioners, researchers, policymakers and others. This diversity boosts the power of Q as a source of innovation and practical problem solving.

The AHSN NENC was chosen as one of the three AHSNs, from 15 across the country, to help recruit the next wave of Q members.

The application window for new applicants closed in early December 2016. Applicants will be advised of the decision in February 2017 and we will hold a welcome event on 22nd March 2017.

Below is the robust and transparent application review process:


Aside from the formal application process for Q members we would still like to invite people to be involved as a part of the wider Q community in the North East and North Cumbria. For more details about how you might become involved please contact Andreia.Cavaco@ahsn-nenc.org.uk or Susy.Cook@ahsn-nenc.org.uk.

The following video provides an overview of Q and information on the Q community in the North East and North Cumbria:

Here are the resources that were developed as part of the call for new Q members, and provide background information on the Q Initiative more generally:

Mini-brochure overview of the Q initiative

Detailed interactive Q initiative pdf brochure

What is Q?

For more information, please email Andreia.Cavaco@ahsn-nenc.org.uk or Susy.Cook@ahsn-nenc.org.uk.


PSC QI Executive Team


North East and North Cumbria Q Founding Cohort


Dr Rachel Agbeko at National Q Meeting