Michael Spence, CLAHRC Programme Manager, to join ground-breaking quality improvement initiative

Health Foundation Q initiative logo.

Michael Spence has been selected to join the inaugural participants of a ground-breaking new initiative to improve the quality of care for patients in the NHS.

The Q initiative, run by independent healthcare charity the Health Foundation together with NHS England, will connect people dedicated to improving the quality of care across the UK. The initiative will make it easier for people from all parts of the health system with expertise in quality improvement to share ideas, enhance their skills and introduce changes to make care better for patients.

Michael Spence

Michael joins 231 others in the founding cohort of Q.

There are 231 people in the founding cohort of Q – from front-line clinicians, managers and researchers to policy makers and patient leaders. Michael will join the first participants, who will design, refine and test Q during 2015. The initiative will then launch more widely in 2016, with an aim to recruit 5,000 participants by 2020.

Michael has worked in quality improvement for over six years, beginning his CLAHRC career as a Knowledge Transfer Associate and continuing in his current role as a Programme Manager. His role involves overseeing programmes of work including mental health, end-of-life care and the improvement of cancer care. Michael has a particular interest in primary care, data collection, cross-organisation multi-professional improvement and transitions of healthcare.

Penny Pereira, Assistant Director of Strategy at the Health Foundation, comments: “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, comments: “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.”