Senior nurse from Bedford Hospital joins ground-breaking initiative in patient care

Associate Director of Nursing at Bedford Hospital Rosslyn Young.
Associate Director of Nursing at Bedford Hospital Rosslyn Young.

A senior nurse at Bedford Hospital has been selected to join a ground-breaking initiative to improve the quality of care for patients in the NHS.

Associate director of nursing, Rosslyn Young, will join more than 200 other clinicians, managers, policy makers and patient leaders from across the country in the ‘Q initiative’.

Run by independent healthcare charity Health Foundation and NHS England, the Q initiative will connect people who are dedicated to improving the quality of care across all parts of the healthcare system and make it easier for them to share ideas, enhance their skills and introduce changes to make care better for patients.

Rosslyn will join the first participants, who will design, refine and test the programme during 2015. The initiative will then launch more widely in 2016, with an aim of recruiting 5,000 participants by 2020.

People were accepted onto the programme who demonstrated experience in leadership, patient safety and service improvement with the application reviewed by the Academic Health Science Network in Oxford.

Rosslyn said: “I’m very excited to be a part of this foundation group as it will give me an excellent opportunity to be in the know about the latest ideas which I can then share with my colleagues at Bedford Hospital.

“Being a part of the Q initiative will enable Bedford Hospital to be at the forefront of innovation for patient safety and service improvement through testing these emerging concepts.”

Assistant director of strategy at the Health Foundation Penny Pereira said: “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.”

Director of patient safety at NHS England Dr Mike Durkin said: “Q will boost the skills of its individual participants, encourage a nurturing of talent and the 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.”