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Q Initative

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Q Initative

Q is an initiative, led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS England, connecting people skilled in improvement across the UK.

A small number of participants, including Hilda Campbell of COPE Scotland, have been appointed to form a founding cohort and help design, refine and test Q during the remainder of 2015. Hilda was honoured to have been nominated by Voluntary Health Scotland www.vhscotland.org.uk

This design process will inform a wider recruitment campaign which will start in 2016. If you are interested in more information about Q please visit the Health Foundation website.

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.

Together the Health Foundation and NHS England have committed an initial £2m of funding for 2015 to develop and deliver this long-term initiative.

Through Q, a diverse range of people, from frontline clinicians, managers and researchers to policy makers, patient leaders and those bringing expertise from other industries are being brought together to radically expand and accelerate improvement to the quality of care. The aim is to connect a critical mass of people with around 5,000 participants by 2020.

The Health Foundation want to ensure the design of Q meets the needs of those doing improvement work and the wider health care system so it becomes an embedded part of how people learn and work across organisations.

To achieve this, they have worked with partners in the health service throughout the UK to appoint a small number of participants to form a founding cohort and help to design, refine and test Q during the remainder of 2015.

Hilda Campbell, Manager of COPE Scotland has been appointed as a participant of the founding cohort as part of COPE’s commitment of finding new and better ways of promoting wellbeing and tackling inequality and working with others to do so to ensure people’s experience of using services is as positive and experience as possible.

Since she was a student of social sciences in 1983 she has recognised there was a need to improve supports offered to people experiencing mental/emotional distress and to find new ways to reduce the incidence of ill health and promote wellbeing. Her whole career since then has been focused on improvements, first training as a registered mental nurse, and working to improve services in the care of the elderly, then in rehabilitation and from 1991 to now as the manager for COPE Scotland....a Community led Initiative in West Glasgow.

What she has also learned over that time is often we waste resources reinventing the wheel through lack of awareness or sharing what has already been developed or discovered and that if we worked together in a spirit of mutual respect, co-operation and learning then this would lead to significant improvements for everyone.

The design process undertaken this year will inform a wider recruitment campaign which will start in 2016.

If you are interested in applying for Q in the future please register for updates and we will let you know about opportunities to get involved.

You can follow and find out more about the Q initiative at http://www.health.org.uk/programmes/q-initiative .Twitter handle – @HealthFdn hashtag – #theQinitiative.

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