The Student Councils Programme

South East region of England

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

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 are establishing six multi-professional Student Councils across the South East region of England. There will be one Council per Integrated Care System (ICS) and membership of the Councils will include student nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and trainee nursing associates. 

The Student Councils will 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 will 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. 

Expressions of interest - applications open

We are open for applications to our vacant Council posts via an expression of interests process. If you are a student nurse, midwife, allied health professional or trainee nursing associate who has practice placements in the South East - this is for you.

Apply Here

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. 

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 Student Council Members shining a light on positive educational experiences – both in practice and at university. 

meet our student council members

Find out more about our current council members, don’t forget to give them a follow on social media too!