The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) has recruited the inaugural participants of a ground-breaking new initiative to improve the quality of healthcare.
The Q initiative, run by NHS England and independent healthcare charity the Health Foundation, will connect people dedicated to improving the quality of care across the UK.
The initiative will make it easier for people with expertise in quality improvement from all parts of the health system to share ideas, enhance their skills and introduce changes to make care better for patients.
There are 231 people nationally in the founding cohort of Q, ranging from front-line clinicians, managers and researchers to policy makers and patient leaders.
WMAHSN has put forward the ten of the participants who will design, refine and test Q in the West Midlands during 2015. The initiative will then launch more widely in 2016, with the aim to recruit 5,000 participants by 2020.
Professor Gavin Russell, Theme Director for Patient Safety at WMAHSN, said: “Through Q, a diverse range of people in the West Midlands, including NHS clinicians and managers, academics and those with expertise from other industries, will be brought together to radically expand and accelerate improvement to the quality of care. The West Midlands’ participants all have an excellent track record in innovation in healthcare, particularly in safety, and have the ability to bring about change that will have tangible benefits for patients across the region.”
Penny Pereira, Assistant Director of Strategy at the Health Foundation, commented: “We want to ensure the design of Q meets the needs of those working to improve care in the NHS. The overall ambition is to make sure organisations are easily able to tap into the best ideas from across the UK and beyond.”
Dr Mike Durkin, Director of Patient Safety at NHS England, said: “Q will boost the skills of its individual participants, but also encourage a nurturing of talent and sharing of innovation and passion that will be vital as we build the capacity and capability of quality and safety improvement science across the NHS.”