The Next Five Years – Lessons from the First AHSN Licence

6th June 2018

Written by Seamus O'Neill

We are delighted about the recent confirmation from the NHS England Board that the 15 AHSNs are to be relicensed for a further five years. The new licence will cover commissions from NHS England, The Office of Life Sciences (OLS) and NHS Improvement. So we begin the second licence period with: – Core funding from […]

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Welcome to Our New Q Convenor

16th January 2018

Written by Karen Morrell

I would like to introduce myself as your new Q Convenor in the North Cumbria and North East of England, a role which includes being a local and national Q ambassador as we work with the Health Foundation to move the Q initiative forward. My role is all about listening to Q Members and getting […]

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Me and Q?

27th September 2017

Written by Rachel Carter

Throughout my career, firstly in my clinical role as a Physiotherapist then in my strategic Falls Prevention Coordinator post, my main priority has always been to ensure the highest quality care is delivered to my patients. In my clinical role I was delivering the care and in my most recent post I have educated others […]

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It’s All About Q

25th September 2017

Written by Gill Husband

When I first heard about Q I was intrigued, the promotional material highlighted Q as the advocate for a community that is made up of a diverse range of people across health and social care. A community that is being created for the long term, with increased diversity which in turn will boost the power […]

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Introducing Professor Julia Newton, AHSN NENC Medical Director

21st September 2017

Written by Julia Newton

Hi, I’m Julia Newton and I am currently Professor of Ageing & Medicine at Newcastle University where I have worked since 2006. I qualified from Newcastle University Medical School in 1990 and after several rotations around the Northern region, entered into Specialty Training in Geriatric Medicine which I completed in 2000.  During my training, I […]

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Introducing Julia Wood, NENC Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative Lead

31st August 2017

Written by Julia Wood

I am delighted to have been appointed by the AHSN NENC as NENC Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative Lead. The Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative (MNHSC) is a three-year programme to support improvement in the quality and safety of maternity and neonatal units across England.  The aim is to reduce the rates of […]

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Dr Andrea Brown – Why Did I Join Q?

20th June 2017

Written by Andrea Brown

Throughout my career, from scientific and clinical research through to business intelligence and information management, a common theme in my work has always been the use of data and information and how this translates into knowledge for improvement. I applied to join Q to enable me to share my existing knowledge, skills and experience with […]

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Dr Gillian Janes – Why Did I Join Q?

20th June 2017

Written by Dr Gillian Janes

Having been involved in improving healthcare quality throughout my nursing career as a clinician, service manager and academic, applying to join the Q Founding Cohort was an obvious choice for me. Developed from the 5000 Safety Fellows idea, Q offered the opportunity to: help design and be part of a connected community of people with […]

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A (great) week in Cumbria

16th March 2017

Written by Seamus O'Neill

I haven’t done a blog in a while but we had such a good few days in Cumbria last week that I thought I needed to share some of the highlights with you. We supported two major events; Suicide Prevention: New Frontiers event in partnership with the Cumbria Partnership NHS FT and the second LOC in the […]

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Atrial Fibrillation management and treatment – what can you do?

5th March 2017

Written by Kate Mackay

Two half-day sessions looking at atrial fibrillation (AF) were held in Newcastle United Football Club’s St James’ Park and, to keep the scores even, Middlesbrough Football Club’s Riverside Stadium. The two sessions mirrored each other giving delegates the option of staying north of the river Tyne or travelling south of The Tees. Immediately after lunch […]

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