Supporting tomorrow’s health and social care professionals

The NICE Student Champion scheme aims to increase the uptake and use of evidence based resources through a national programme of education and support.

NICE Student champions gain insight into when and how to use NICE Evidence Search effectively. Training sessions with our student champion team give them the tools they need to develop, plan and deliver their own hands-on evidence learning sessions to fellow students.

Student champions who complete their cascade work and submit a short reflective report to NICE are invited to a “Learning about NICE” event. The one-day event is highly interactive with a focus on guidance development and implementation. The event also gives individuals the opportunity to meet and work with student champions from other universities and disciplines. In 2014-15, we ran 2 learning about NICE events.

This year we trained a total of 287 student champions from 25 different schools: 10 schools of medicine, 10 schools of pharmacy, 2 schools of nursing and midwifery, 2 schools of dentistry and 1 faculty of health and social care.

By March 2015, student champions had cascaded their learning to more than 2,000 peers. Student champion peer led cascade sessions will continue throughout the academic year and the number of student participants will rise.

We continue to focus on schools of pharmacy and medicine.

Participating medical schools include:

  • Bart’s (QMUL)
  • Birmingham
  • Exeter
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • Newcastle
  • Norwich (UEA)
  • Nottingham
  • Plymouth
  • Southampton

Participating schools of pharmacy include:

  • Bradford
  • Keele
  • Liverpool John Moores
  • Medway
  • Norwich (UEA)
  • Portsmouth
  • Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Wolverhampton
  • University College London
  • Ulster

Dental students from the universities of Bristol and Plymouth, nursing and midwifery students from Anglia Ruskin and Keele, and health and social care students from the Faculty of Health at Bournemouth University also took part.

From an initial analysis of the 2014-5 data student participants rate the following features the most useful: high quality of the evidence, logical layout, good detail, relevant content and ease of use, filters to make searches more specific, and easy access to NICE Pathways and Clinical Knowledge Summaries.

Eighteen schools are currently on the waiting list. However, this year we were able to invite 3 new schools to join the scheme. A workshop for Norwich (UEA) Medicine and Pharmacy ran in February 2015 and a workshop for King’s College, School of Medicine is planned for October/November 2015.

We will continue to explore and share new models to promote the uptake and use of NICE Evidence Search across health and social care with external partners. In particular, we will focus on social care educationalists and colleagues as we seek to improve the uptake and use of an evolving body of NICE Guidance that is highly relevant to social care students and staff.