Blog: getting the Q common stewardship model up and running

Blog: getting the Q common stewardship model up and running

In this blog, Helen Smith, Q Convenor, tells us about the latest progression in the Q Community in the South West and its focus for the future.
Our ambition is for Q to be the go-to place for expertise in quality improvement in health and social care across the South West.
Imagine how it would be if Q members could be freed up to work across our community? Or could mentor and support people using quality improvement, to become future Q members? What if we had a system to allow easy communication between ourselves and the wider world? How would it feel if every part of our system recognised and celebrated excellence?
Exploring how we could achieve these was the topic for the inaugural meeting of the Q Common Stewardship Group (CSG).
Let me introduce you to the group’s members. As seen from left to right: Jono Broad, Emma Greenslade, Simon Knowles, Matt Hill, and Paul McArdle.

Laura Wheeler and Jen Ellis are working with us from the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN). Anna van der Gaag from the Health Foundation also joined us for our first meeting

 
 
 
 
In our first meeting on Friday 19 January, we spent our time working out what success would look like for our Q community over the next 12 months. The main themes of our discussions were:

  • How can we make Q visible and useful to the wider health and care system?
  • How can we nourish and support our current Q members?
  • How we nurture and develop others who want to join whilst we wait for the next opportunity to apply?
  • How do we demonstrate the added the value of the Q community to local, regional and national stakeholders?

Here are our ideas with a bit more detail:

  1. We are developing our systems at the SW AHSN to make it easy for us to communicate with each other and with the wider Q community via the Models of Care Portal.
  2. We want to develop a Concordat across organisations that will free up people for up to five days per year to work in another organisation to support their improvement plans and to provide system learning and share Q members’ expertise more widely.
  3. We want to develop a mentoring and sponsorship system for people who want to join Q, but are not currently able due to national recruitment being on pause. The purpose of this ‘mini Q’ is to engage potential new members in our community and to support them with the application process.
  4. We wanted to ensure that every organisation across our patch knows about Q and its value. We are going to use elevator pitches to achieve this and need your help in design and delivery to get it right.
  5. We wanted to have a go at scaling up one big change across our health and social care community to improve quality and demonstrate our collective value. Our inspiration is Learning from Excellence; fantastic for the care of our patients, brilliant for our staff.
  6. We will be asking you what learning you would like us to facilitate this year and how you would like this done. We have a very limited budget and wonder if we should have an annual event to share and celebrate our community in the spirit of the commons, potentially a summer picnic networking event.

For more information on the Q community or South West Common Stewardship Group, please contact jennifer.ellis@swahsn.com

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