The Quality Governance Collaborative (QGC) is an independent, neutral, non-governmental body committed to a new approach to governance in health and social care. We bring together multi-professional groups, developing national and international collaborations which aim to highlight issues and improve the practice of quality governance. The Collaborative works closely with and advises governments, medical royal colleges, board directors, NGOs and other healthcare professionals and individuals involved in the delivery of patient care.

The QGC undertakes a number of activities to improve governance systems, including our fellowship programme, research publications and policy positions, symposia discussions and direct governance support for health and social care organisations via audits and invited reviews.

The QGC’s ambition is to shape UK and international quality governance practice, and ensure that health systems continue to deliver for patients.

Quality Governance is the ability to ask the right questions and to implement the right mechanism to ensure the organisation discharges it’s duties in line with its purpose and with focus on good clinical practice.

Quality Governance Collaborative Fellowship Programme 2020-2021

The College’s Quality Governance Collaborative Fellowship is now inviting applications for its 2020-2021 programme; there are 12 places available on the course. The programme will provide a comprehensive understanding of the issues of governance and is aimed at a multi-professional audience.

Participants in the programme will be expected to fund a course fee of £3,250. The participant’s employers will also be expected to provide sufficient study leave for the participant to complete the course. Furthermore, it is expected that the participants will agree “learning” terms of reference with their employer. The employer will also benefit as the project undertaken by the participant as part of the course will be required to add value to their organisation.

The Fellowship programme will have a focus on healthcare governance and quality, and it is open to all with a demonstrable interest in, and requirement for, greater insight and experience in governance. We strongly encourage applications from patients, carers and other healthcare professionals who are passionate about healthcare governance, and who will bring value to the course, and will learn and benefit from it.

Organisations may choose to nominate individuals, duos or trios to work together on organisationally driven priorities.

The aim of the Fellowship Programme

The aim of the programme is to develop future leaders in governance and quality, equipped with the authority and ability to advance change in their organisations and beyond. This will in turn help to spread excellence, and in keeping with the College’s aim, contribute to achieving the gold standard in healthcare.

As noted above, each participant (or group of participants) will be expected to complete a project by the end of the programme that will have practical and/or strategic application for their organisation. It is intended that the programme outputs will further contribute to the discourse and literature that exists on governance in healthcare. The College will support the publication of the projects at the end of each cohort.

"The Fellowship has provided me with a depth of knowledge and context that will inform the rest of my career. Embedding this in my practice has brought huge value to my service and to the patients we serve." - Abi Campbell, course participant

The Programme Structure

There is a time commitment of 10 days attendance for the tuition elements of the programme, which will be held on weekdays at the College in Edinburgh. This will include:

  • Structured learning - A 12 month programme of seminars and workshops – including a 1 day induction programme and practical teaching on research methods. Subjects covered in the 10 face to face seminars will include: The principles of Governance and the relationship to Clinical Governance and Health; Ethics and Governance; Patient and Public Involvement in Quality Governance; The Role of the Board; Scrutiny Regulation and Governance Systems; International Quality Governance – the role of WHO, UN World Bank.
  • Professional networking, development and CPD – The monthly 1 day seminars offer a networking opportunity in which the participants’ training needs are addressed via group learning. The course will be CPD accredited, and the curriculum will be aligned to support further study (for example if studying for a higher qualification)

Additional programme learning opportunities will include:

  • QGC lecture series - The opportunity for participants to attend the Quality Governance Collaborative events programme at the College, which includes the first annual conference
  • Mentoring - The opportunity for the participants to have one-to-one development support with a mentor

Applications are currently open.

The programme is directed by Professor Michael Deighan FRCPE. All enquiries should be directed to