The Q Improvement Lab We bring people and organisations together to make progress on complex challenges facing health and care in the UK


The Q Lab – an initiative led by the Health Foundation and supported by NHS Improvement – offers a bold new approach to making progress on health and care challenges.

Working on a single challenge for 12 months, the Q Lab brings together organisations and individuals from across the UK to pool what is known about a topic, uncover new insights and develop and test ideas.

Our current project

The Lab’s current project, in partnership with Mind – the mental health charity, is focusing on the experiences of people living with both mental health problems and persistent back and neck pain, and how care can be designed to best meet their health and wellbeing needs.

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    Get involved

    Collaboration is at the heart of the Lab. Find out how to get involved and be part of the Lab’s work.

    Read more about the Q Lab

    What will it take to transform outpatient care?

    10 July 2019

    What do Q members see as the priorities, barriers and enablers to improving outpatient care? Sarah Reed explores recent survey results.

    Practical insights on mental and physical health

    9 July 2019

    How can we improve care for people with both mental and physical health problems? The Q Lab shares early findings.

    Tackling complex problems, together

    Newsletter feature
    13 December 2018

    A new collaboration between our Q Improvement Lab (Q Lab) and the mental health charity Mind, is exploring how care can be designed to best meet the health and wellbeing needs of people living with me...

    Early shoots and ambitious plans for Q Lab

    Newsletter feature
    27 July 2018

    The Q Improvement Lab is an exciting opportunity to bring together organisations and individuals from across the UK to pool what is known, uncover new insights and develop and test ideas about a major...

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    Work with us

    We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

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    The Q community

    Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

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