Student voice

Student voice: Ambassadors can be agents of change

How one initiative is ensuring the views of students across different higher education institutions are heard

How one initiative is ensuring the views of students across different higher education institutions are heard

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Many student nurses think they cannot make a difference to patient care and that nobody would listen to them even if they tried. But our voices are important.

I am privileged to be part of a Health Education England initiative called student quality ambassadors (SQAs), which comprises student healthcare professionals across nine higher education institutions (HEIs).

We offer fresh eyes and ears at the placement areas we attend throughout out education. We try to apply up-to-date knowledge to see what works well and what doesn’t.

Facilitators and SQAs from the nine HEIs meet regularly to discuss new ways to help improve patient care experience and healthcare education by adopting evidence-based approaches.

We also raise awareness of good care practices and ongoing campaigns collaboratively, then focus on getting our projects circulated across local NHS trusts and placement areas.

Engagement

Projects are also communicated across HEIs to show students they can make a difference to patient care and encourage their engagement.

We have found that many HEIs and NHS trusts appreciate input from SQAs, and are always open to embrace new projects that will add value to their areas.

We should empower this movement across the country and encourage more students – the future leaders of innovation – to have a voice now.


About the author

Christoper_SteeleChris Steele is a third year children’s nursing student, Edge Hill University, Lancashire

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