Q Member Blogs
Experience of Service User
Why join Q?
It is just one year, since I was first introduced to the world of Q, and the concept of quality improvement. A lot has happened in that very short period of time…
As a long-term family carer, who is engaged in many HSC groups, and on many mailing lists, I was aware of the Health Foundation and this innovative evolution of connected practitioners. But was it somewhere beneficial for someone from outside the “system”? I needed a bit of convincing! I discussed my involvement background with a local QI lead and was encouraged to apply.
12 months later and I am really pleased to have tested the waters, as the first lay person to join Q in Northern Ireland. The Q initiative offers so much variety and opportunities for personal growth, learning and improvement.
I have experienced a number of the menu options:
* Monthly newsletter full of the latest QI developments
* Monthly match with another U.K. Q member - chance to hear local best practice
* Regular updates from Special Interest Groups, with online space for sharing
* Free online subscriptions to QI Journals
* First meeting of Q members in NI.
Our community of Q improvers is still small in number. However, its growing strength will not only be through increased membership, but also through diversity of applicants. I hope more service users, family carers and citizens will apply; and bring their lived improvement experience, innovation ideas and problem-solving skills to this exciting initiative. We could even have our own lay QI sub-group if enough folk join up.
If you would like to discuss Q membership further you can contact me via email:
Laura Collins (cohort 2 - Sept ‘16) firstname.lastname@example.org