Student Champions - 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 for undergraduate health and social care students.

NICE Student champions gain insight into when and how to use NICE Evidence search effectively which will in turn improve the use of evidence based information. Training sessions with our student champion team give the students the tools they need to develop, plan and deliver their own hands-on evidence learning sessions to their fellow students.

Increasing numbers of students joining the scheme

This year we trained a total of 302 student champions from 26 different schools. By 31 March 2016 student champions had cascaded their learning to more than 2000 peers. Student champion peer led cascade sessions will continue throughout the academic year and the number of student participants will rise.

Schools participate from across the country

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 gives individuals the opportunity to meet and work with student champions from other universities and disciplines. It also brings together a cross institute team of facilitators and the opportunity for the students to hear directly from the Chair of NICE.

In 2015-16 we ran 2 learning about NICE events. The feedback from these events was extremely positive. One student commented:

“This was a fantastic experience to be part of. The day was clearly well organised and structured correctly to encompass greater engagement and teaching. I felt that this helped me understand the role of NICE much more than I would have ever gained from my studies as a medical student.”

All those responding to the post workshop survey agreed that the workshop met its objectives with some students feeling very stimulated and challenged by the workshop exercises.

The students also really appreciated the opportunity to put their questions to the expert panel of Professor David Haslam, Dr Judith Richardson and Victoria Thomas.