Author: Julia Terry
Presenter: Julia Terry
Session: Lightning Talk

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) exists to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and social care services. NICE do this by producing evidence based guidance and advice for health and social care practitioners. At Swansea University in the College of Human & Health Sciences and the Medical School we have implemented the NICE student champion scheme using a partnership approach. The NICE Evidence Search Student Champion Scheme is a peer-based information literacy training scheme.
The scheme is open to all health professional and social work students to learn skills relating to the NICE Evidence Search portal and to cascade training to peers. Students responded to information sessions, email alerts and posters to register expressions of interest. 30 students were successful in applying for the scheme and were recruited from adult, child and mental health nursing, and midwifery and medicine.

Student champions received on-site training from College librarians and staff from the NICE Education team at Swansea and Carmarthen. Students have trained over 300 undergraduate students about NICE Evidence Search so far in 2016.

After completing reflective reports, students attend a workshop with NICE in London to enable them to learn more about NICE, and to meet with students from other universities and disciplines.