The Student Councils Programme

A consistent and strategic student voice bridging the gap between practice providers, universities and the student population.

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. 

This programme of work is funded by Health Education England South East following the success of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Student Nurse Council. We have newly established six multi-professional Student Councils across the South East region of England. There is one Council per Integrated Care System (ICS) and membership of the Councils includes student nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and trainee nursing associates.

The Student Councils enable student representation to actively support, inform and influence through local strategic discussions within their ICS in relation to the education, learning and quality agendas and allow for the escalation of issues and concerns. They provide opportunities for students to engage in the development of education and learning from a student perspective within their locality and enable them to have a voice within relevant projects and developments.

Student Council Members are invested in via leadership development programmes, remuneration or practice hours for their time and one to one coaching and mentoring with established professionals. This is more than a role, this is investment in our future workforce leaders!

Explore the events of the March Regional Council Meeting including updates from our members and supporters, a ‘you said, we did’ excerpt, and next steps by clicking on the button below.

shared professional decision-making

The Student Councils Programme is following a model of management and leadership known as shared governance. The purpose of shared governance is to empower individuals at all levels in decision-making processes while assisting in the development of professional autonomy. At the FNF, we believe that shared professional decision-making can apply at system level and beyond – the Student Councils Programme is an example of this in action. 

The core principles of shared governance include:

  • Multidirectional communication that is consistent and trustworthy.
  • Creating a shared vision. 
  • Enabling enhanced professional autonomy. 
  • Creating opportunities for growth and development.
  • Providing meaningful recognition. 

Regional Mission

Valuing, nurturing and amplifying the voice of the future workforce by bridging the gap
between healthcare students, universities and practice providers.

Regional Vision

The Student Councils will improve the student experience by providing a strategic and
consistent voice within the southeast region of England and the six Integrated Care Systems (ICS)
within it. We aim to change workplace culture at all levels in regards to student contribution, value
and support within health and social care. Promoting safe, diverse, authentic, and respectful ways of
working for all to enable true advocacy for our professions.

Discover the latest themes from our recent Student Council Meetings including the objectives of each ICS Council, next steps and contact information by clicking on the button below.

Meet our Student Council Members

Expressions of Interest
Are you a student nurse, midwife, allied health professional or trainee nursing associate who has practice placements in the South East of England? Are you interested in becoming a member of an ICS Student Council? This programme is for you! We are open for applications to our vacant posts via an expression of interests process. 

Student Blogs

Here you can read blogs authored by current Student Council Members and alumni. 

Shining a Light

Come back soon to view case studies authored by our ICS Student Council Members shining a light on positive educational experiences – both in practice and at university.