College of Human and Health Sciences has NICE Student Champions

Eight nursing students from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences have been trained as NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) Student Champions.

Mental Health Nursing students Anja Owen, Chelsea Meaney, Melanie Bateman and Stanley Wong, Child Nursing students Bianca Jourdain and Fiona Burns-Davies and Adult Nursing students Lisa Stephens and Rebecca Meese travelled to the NICE headquarters in London, last week (28th September), to join fellow student champions from Universities across the UK as they learnt how to use Evidence Search, a web portal that provides access to evidence in health, social care and public health.

Melanie Bateman took part in the training. She said: “I was keen to have extra learning about how NICE evidence search can help me as a student and in practice. I was happy to have the extra experience of teaching my peers, knowing that the experience would be valuable in gaining confidence for future presentations and interviews.”

The scheme has benefited me in all the areas I expected.  I know more about NICE and its use in practice as well as essays.  The teaching session that we delivered to our peers was very successful and the feedback from the group was that they found it very useful.  I am confident now to champion NICE when I go to practice and after I qualify as a RMN.” 

Associate Professor, Julia Terry, coordinates Swansea University’s participation in the NICE Student Champion scheme. She said: “The Evidence Search portal combines evidence on health, drugs and technologies, public health, social care, and healthcare management in one place.

“NICE Evidence brings together high quality consolidated evidence from hundreds of trusted sources and includes guidance, systematic reviews, evidence summaries and patient information.

“Student champions are trained to teach this to their peers in PC labs with the tools they need to develop, plan and deliver their own hands-on learning sessions for their fellow students.

During 2015/16, thirty NICE Student Champions from the College of Human & Health Sciences and Swansea Medical School trained over 400 undergraduate students.”