Get involved in the Q Exchange! 

Eight projects from across Kent, Surrey and Sussex are in with a chance of securing up to £30,000 in funding after being shortlisted in the Q Exchange initiative.

Run by Q, an initiative connecting people from across the UK with improvement expertise, the Q Exchange offers Q members the chance to develop project ideas and submit bids for support funding.

These ideas can then be refined, developed and strengthened with the collective help of the Q community.

The selection panel has whittled down an impressive 139 formal applications to the final 25, who will then present their ideas at a UK-wide event in September.

Q members can now comment on the various projects ahead of a vote to determine which receive funding at the event on September 19.

Each project is able to bid for up to £30,000, with a total funding pot of £450,000. 

The projects from our region are:

Making data count: Robust evidence exists about using data to make the best decisions. The NHS uses lots of RAG and two point comparisons. Let’s start a revolution to Make Data Count!

Q Community Time Bank: A platform for Q members to post their need for QI support or look for QI work opportunities. Q members then complete the work and Bank that time to claim resources back from the community.

Speed DATAing: HQIP wants to turn our prototype National Clinical Audit Benchmarking data sharing platform into the national clinical audit Speed DATAing agency for quality improvement in the NHS in England.

Tailored training and peer support for patient and service users involved in QI projects: Coproduction of a tailored QI and peer support training package to support patients and carers to have meaningful involvement in quality improvement work

Leaning the operating theatre for carbon and financial savings: The aim of this study is identifying how to reduce waste, reuse equipment and refine processes within the operating theatre, whilst seeking to understand drivers and barriers to sustainability adoption.

Improving recognition and care for children at the risk of deterioration and sepsis: A national community of practice approach: Building on the learnings from the pan-London Paediatric Sepsis community, we are developing a national network to collaboratively improve the recognition of sepsis and deterioration in children.

Carers and peer support: Training carers as Community Reporters to investigate carers’ views on peer support. Are Carer Peer Supporters a useful form of support?

Co-developing an Improvement Capability framework – and action tools – to enable targeted QI learning and connections across Q: Find more princes, kiss less frogs. Discover the best of Qs' good practices and connect more purposefully with Q colleagues. A tool and innovative dashboard to make us greater than the sum of our parts.