Quality Improvement

National Networks

Q is an initiative, led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS Improvement, connecting people skilled in improvement across the UK. Q will make it easier for people leading improvement to share ideas, enhance their skills and make changes that bring improvements to health and care.

Over time, Q is seeking to grow a community of thousands including those at the frontline of care, patient leaders, managers, researchers, policymakers and more. Our aim is connect a critical mass of people in order to accelerate improvements to the quality of care.

Regional Networks

East midland Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) Community – Patient Safety Collaborative

An online community. Registering is easy:


National Networks

Lived Experience Network

A network of people with a shared interest in patient & public involvement in higher education, who aim to develop a critical alliance of people with lived experiences, students and academics for the purpose of enhancing and improving practitioner education, patient and carer experience and associated research in health and social care.

For further information contact: Jools Symons 

DUCIE - Developers of User and Carer Involvement in Education network

DUCIE aims to enhance the involvement of users and carers in learning and teaching through development of a support network for user and carer involvement development workers working with a wide range of health and social care professional education provision within UK higher education institutions (HEIs). Meetings are held two to three times a year, with email and telephone contact maintained in between through a jiscmail discussion list and online chats on the mental health in higher education hub.

Chain – network

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Regional Voices

A national project connecting voluntary and community organisations with decision-makers, throughout England, particularly in the field of health and social care. Each English region has a REGIONAL NETWORK, which makes vital connections – linking voluntary and community groups with public sector partners. Regional networks are democratic, member-led organisations, providing channels for representation, information and leadership.

Regional Networks

East Midlands Academic Health Science Network

EMAHSN brings patients, carers and communities together with health and social care providers, industry and researchers to make a real and lasting difference to health and social care in the East Midlands. - See more at:

If you would like to stay in touch with the EMAHSN's work on patient and public involvement, please register your details. You will automatically receive an email copy of our regular patient and public involvement bulletin, Public Face - See more at:

Interprofessional Education

Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education

CAIPE is the UK based Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education. It is:

  • an independent ‘think tank’ comprising of individual, corporate and student members working with organisations in the UK and overseas to improve collaborative practice and thereby the quality of care by professions learning  and working together;
  • a national and international authoritative voice on interprofessional education in both universities and the workplace;
  • a membership organisation established in 1987, it is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.

CAIPE aims to promote and develop interprofessional education (IPE) with and through its individual, corporate and student members, in collaboration with like minded organisations in the UK and overseas, for the benefit of patients and clients. For further information: