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NICE Evidence Search Student Champion Scheme - Information for students

The Student Champion Scheme aims to improve the routine use of evidence-based information by future doctors, nursing and other healthcare professionals. Joining this peer teaching programme will build your core and specialist skills to share with your fellow students.

How will NICE Evidence Search help you in your education and your career?

It will:

  • Help you gain and share valuable knowledge of how to find best practice in health and social care
  • Give you the opportunity to develop your teaching and presenting skills.
  • Offer you a unique opportunity to enhance your CV.
  • Allow you to engage with NICE at a higher level and to explore opportunities to be involved with future developments at NICE Evidence Search and NICE in your future career

What does being a Student Champion involve?

You will need to:

  • Familiarise yourself with NICE Evidence Search in advance to attending the workshop by exploring and getting to know the functions of the site.
  • Complete a pre-questionnaire ahead of the training course on how you currently search for information.
  • Attend a full study day on how to use NICE Evidence Search search and facilitation techniques. This day has been specially designed to give you a good understanding of NICE Evidence Search and help you confidently facilitate peer-group training.
  • Promote and deliver at least one learning session on NICE Evidence Search to a minimum of eight students.
  • Take responsibility for ensuring that students attend your session/s and complete the necessary evaluation materials (i.e. a brief electronic pre and post session questionnaire). The template for this will be provided.
  • Write a short report outlining how your sessions were received, any difficulties encountered and additional feedback from students as feedback to NICE Evidence Search and you academic sponsor. A report template will be provided.

How will NICE Evidence Search support you as a Student Champion?

NICE Evidence Search will:

  • Run a full study day on how to use NICE Evidence Search search and facilitation techniques.
  • Provide you with a tool kit to assist you in running your sessions. Which includes a teaching plan, overview slides, search tips and links to the Student Champion surveys

On completion you will:

  • Be invited to attend a one day conference to learn more about NICE and meet Student Champions from other universities and other disciplines - Travel expenses and lunch will be provided.
  • Receive a certificate of participation - personally signed by Professor David Haslam, Chair of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, Sir Andrew Dillon, Chief Operating Officer for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and Alexia Tonnel, Director Evidence Resources.

Taking part in the student champion scheme

To take part in the scheme you will need academic approval from your head of department.

An academic will also need to work with you to set up and run the scheme in your school. This involves:

  • setting up a recruitment process and recruiting a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 20 prospective champions. Short-listing and selection may be necessary.
  • booking a computer suite for the initial hands-on training that NICE provides
  • providing NICE with a specialist library information contact from your university library service
  • endorsing the student champion cascade sessions
  • enabling computer training suites to be booked
  • encouraging students to attend student champion teaching sessions

What some students involved in the 2011-2012 scheme said:

"My confidence in using the search engines and searching strategies has greatly improved and are the first port of call with any pharmacy therapeutic related research. I enjoyed giving a technical presentation and I learnt some key skills in doing so, especially passing on knowledge to fellow students. The presentation skills will be useful in my academic and professional development."

"I think being a student champion has given me more confidence; I feel like I could now face a situation in which I have to communicate to large group of people with more eagerness and sureness. I feel like I've gained experience of working with as a team with people in the same situation as me and with the same level of knowledge. Being able to share what I have learnt with other students has been a great experience and the feedback we received from the class was very gratifying. I have gained an insight into the way NICE Evidence Search works and how to use the site to my advantage. Having an understanding of the site has allowed me to search the topics I am studying and has helped me with revision and projects. It is something I am proud to add on to my CV and will be able to discuss it in interviews."

To find out more about the NHS Student Champion Scheme please email studentchampions@evidence.nhs.uk

This page was last updated: 18 April 2013

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