A multi-professional leadership opportunity for students in the South East of England

Helping develop the council has been a highlight of my year and I think every ICS should have a council and listen to students – it really is so different for them and we need to understand and appreciate this. (Sue Hill, Senior Nurse, Health Education England South East)

Student Councils Programme overview

Health Education England (South East) is establishing six multi-professional Student Councils, one per Integrated Care System (ICS) across the South East region of England.

 

Students and their education and learning experience are crucial to maintaining the pipeline for the future workforce.  With the increasing focus on education and training, the importance of ensuring a student voice within the system to consider the quality and impact of education and training decisions needs to be recognised and supported.

Membership* of the Councils will be as follows:

  • Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire West
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    ow full, further recruitment commencing Spring 2022

    • 5 seats for Student Nurses
    • 1 seat for Trainee Nursing Associates
    • 1 seat for Student Midwives
    • 5 seats for Student Allied Health Professionals
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight
    Additional Autumn recruitment round open until Sunday 7th November for students from BAME groups only.

    • 6 seats for Student Nurses
    • 1 seat for Trainee Nursing Associates
    • 1 seat for Student Midwives
    • 4 seats for Student Allied Health Professionals
  • Frimley Health
    Additional Autumn recruitment round open until Sunday 7th November.

    • 5 seats for Student Nurses
    • 1 seat for Trainee Nursing Associates
    • 3 seats for Student Midwives
    • 3 seats for Student Allied Health Professionals
  • Surrey Heartlands
    Additional Autumn recruitment round open until Sunday 7th November.

    • 5 seats for Student Nurses
    • 1 seat for Trainee Nursing Associates
    • 3 seats for Student Midwives
    • 3 seats for Student Allied Health Professionals
  • Sussex Health and Care Partnership
    Now full, further recruitment commencing Spring 2022

    • 5 seats for Student Nurses
    • 1 seat for Trainee Nursing Associates
    • 1 seat for Student Midwives
    • 5 seats for Student Allied Health Professionals
  • Kent and Medway
    Additional Autumn recruitment round open until Sunday 7th November. 

    • 6 seats for Student Nurses
    • 1 seat for Trainee Nursing Associates
    • 1 seat for Student Midwives
    • 4 seats for Student Allied Health Professionals

*Council Membership has been calculated based on active student numbers in each ICS. One third of the total seats will be held back for a second recruitment round in Spring 2022.

Benefits for you

Some of the benefits for students applying for this opportunity include…


  • Leadership

    An opportunity to hold a system level student leadership position for up to 12 months
  • Influence

    Have the ability to influence senior healthcare leaders
  • Confidence

    Improved confidence in speaking with, and to authority and be heard
  • Understanding

    An opportunity to understand the wider system
  • Change

    Ability to understand and lead improvement
  • Impact

    Deeper understanding of the impact of student voice on health and social care
  • Remuneration

    Student Council Members are paid 7.5 hours per month at Band 4

Benefits for Universities and Providers


  • Positive and empowering impact on student engagement and team working
  • Enhanced reputation of Universities and organisations contributing to strategic direction of Councils
  • Better understanding of the student experience
  • Retention of students and new registrants - enhanced System knowledge at an early stage
  • Opportunity to engage in reverse mentoring with Student Council Members

What does the programme involve?

The term of Student Council Members is 12 months, during which time they will establish their ICS Student Council, link with all Universities agreeing on methods of closing the feedback loop, set objectives for the direction of the Council, participate in a Student Council Leadership Programme, and plan for their successors to ensure sustainability of the Council once their term has come to an end. Please note, the following schedule is subject to change:
  • October 2021: Regional Student Councils induction day (virtual)
  • November 2021: ICS Student Council meeting - objective setting (face to face), Additional induction day for supplementary Autumn recruitment candidates (virtual)
  • December 2021: ICS Student Council meeting (virtual)
  • January 2022: Leadership Programme commences + quarterly regional Student Council meeting + ICS stakeholder meetings
  • February 2022: ICS Student Council meeting + Leadership Programme day 2 + ICS stakeholder meetings
  • March 2022: Leadership Programme day 3 + recruitment commences for remaining Council seats + ICS stakeholder meetings
  • April 2022: ICS Student Council meeting + quarterly regional Student Council meeting + ICS stakeholder meetings
  • May 2022: ICS stakeholder meetings
  • June 2022: ICS Student Council meeting + ICS stakeholder meetings
  • July 2022: Quarterly regional Student Council + ICS stakeholder meetings
  • August 2022: ICS Student Council meeting + ICS stakeholder meetings
  • September 2022: Recruitment commences for Autumn 2022 Council seats + ICS stakeholder meetings
  • October 2022: ICS Student Council meeting + quarterly regional Student Council meeting + ICS stakeholder meetings

The programme will be a blend of virtual and face to face.

Student Council Member role descriptor

Eligibility criteria

We will accept applications from student Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals and Trainee Nursing Associates who undertake clinical placements in the South East region of England. Students from any stage of their programme are encouraged to apply, full support will be given.

We are committed to ensuring that the Student Councils are representative of the populations they serve, therefore we pledge to protect Student Council seats for students from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds commensurate to the percentage of the population who are from this group in their ICS.

Student Council Testimonials

The HEE South East Student Councils Programme is based on scaling up the model of the successful nursing student council pilot in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight spearheaded by Sue Hill, Senior Nurse – HEE South East, Jackie Munro, Chief Nurse – Solent NHS Trust, and Jess Sainsbury, who at the time was a final year Nursing Student.

Hear reflections from Cyzel Gomes, HIOW Student Council Member

"The HIOW Student Council has given students a voice that is being heard very clearly in the locality. The impact on the way students are seen at a senior level across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has opened opportunities as well as giving students a seat at tables that were previously not accessible to them. Students are now having placements with Directors of Nursing and other local leaders and this has really challenged and changed how they are perceived and treated as well as opening new doors and learning opportunities for the students themselves. The HIOW Student Council is growing the leaders of the future."

Ian Winkworth

Programme Lead Adult Nursing and Practice Learning Lead Nursing, University of Winchester

"The future of nursing should be with our future nurse leaders."

Jackie Munro

Chief Nurse, Solent NHS Trust

"It opened my eyes to the possibilities and impact we can have to make change for ourselves and for future generations to come."

Charlotte Moore

Student Nurse and HIOW Student Council Member, Open University, Year 4

"As a result of the student council, we were able to organise a successful trust wide student summit, which promoted the voice of the student in improving student capacity and placement experience … which has helped reduced hierarchy and ensure the student voice is heard."

Julia Lake

Deputy Director of Nursing, Southern Health

"Watching the HIOW Student Nurse Council grow from an idea at a System event to a fully functioning, influential voice for students is something special. Especially during the second wave of the pandemic where they provided a authentic local voice for nursing students that was not present before."

Jess Sainsbury

Student Councils Project Lead, Florence Nightingale Foundation

"It has been a privilege to be part of the HIOW student council, where student representation, diversity and upholding great values has been the uttermost goal."

Lolu Aburime

Student Nurse and HIOW Student Council Member, University of Winchester

"From my time at the council, I have witnessed the value of student voice and representation; and am grateful to have learnt more about how to approach student concerns and work within the system."

Mae Morgan

Student Nurse and HIOW Student Council Member, University of Southampton

"As a member of the Student Council has made me realise how big the nursing family is and the importance of team work by meeting people from other universities. We are on the same journey as we start to make a difference by combating the struggles faced by future nurses. Building on communication skills and leadership with incredible guidance. I know that being part of this Council will set me on the right path for my nursing career - I've never been more excited to be a student nurse."

Chloe Scott

Student Nurse and HIOW Student Council Member, University of Southampton

Application process

Student Councils Programme Nominator Form

You will be expected to demonstrate in your application form:

  • Your ambition to be the best healthcare professional you can be
  • Your desire to advocate for students
  • Your aspiration to develop as a leader
  • Your Academic support to ensure you are able to commit to the role of Student Council Member for 12 months

If you have questions you would like to ask about the Student Councils Programme, please contact Jess Sainsbury, Student Councils Project Lead, [email protected] 

  1. Applications open for supplementary Autumn recruitment 18th October
  2. Applications close on 7th November
  3. Shortlisting 8th November
  4. Candidates notified 10th November
  5. Student Council supplementary virtual induction day TBC November

Information for applying online:

Applicants are required to complete the application fully and upload:

  • Personal and education information
  • An electronic photo of yourself (head and shoulders in high resolution)
  • A completed nominator referral form (completed by an Academic at your University, usually your Personal Tutor) with support to apply for this opportunity
  • Completed terms and conditions
  • Answer all recruitment questions

Please note before application:

  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • Applications without University support will not be accepted

 



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