The Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Fellowship Scheme: a movement for improvement

The next event is the Improvement Fellows and Q Members' Autumn Networking Event on 28th November 2017. To reserve a place, contact us here.

Over the last 10 years, many health and care individuals in Yorkshire have been trained in structured approaches to improvement. There are also many others without formal training who are also trying to improve the care and services they deliver. We are aware that commonly, many of these individuals struggle to make an impact in their own organisation and often feel isolated.

With this in mind, the Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Academy developed and established a peer-led Improvement Fellowship Network. We have discovered and continue to bring together a diverse range of enthusiastic improvement individuals. Some are experts but many are simply interested in improving the care they deliver. Our vision has always been that by forming this network, all these individuals should in the first instance feel supported but at the same time become a force for positive change across the region. The Fellowship scheme is a platform for empowering and enabling the spread of individuals' programmes of quality and safety improvement within their own organisation and then across the network.

We provide opportunities and bespoke support to our Fellows to develop themselves as improvement leaders from their current position. The Academy has also provided funding to pay for regular sessions to ensure protected time for the Improvement Fellows where appropriate.

We are proud of what it has achieved so far. We now have nearly 200 Fellows who are predominantly front line Clinicians but also Managers, Executives, Academics and more recently Patient Leaders. A recent survey of the Fellows showed that they felt the network is helping and supported them in their improvement endeavours and reducing their sense of isolation. The aim of the Improvement Fellows' Network is to provide an inclusive not exclusive "home" for Improvers and in doing so:-

  • Build a more supportive broader regional environment in which improvement can flourish and grow
  • Create a critical mass of experience in quality and safety improvement methods in the region
  • Share learning and expertise about how we can provide better care
  • Speed up the spread and adoption of best practice between NHS organisations
  • Collaborate with leading academics to develop innovative approaches to quality and safety improvement



The Health Foundation Q Fellows

Find out more about becoming a Q Fellow in Yorkshire and Humber

Further Information

Improvement Fellows' Spring Networking Event - Full Presentation

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Key Dates

  • 28th November 2017 - Improvement Fellows & Q Members' Autumn Networking Event, Cloth Hall Court, Leeds







Alison Lovatt


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