Fresh eyes, small steps, big changes

As Student Quality Ambassadors, we promote good practice and challenge standards of care within the workplace.

To all our SQAs and QAs

I would just like to take the time to say thank you to all our SQAs and QAs. In these difficult times our NHS needs your excellence and enthusiasm more than ever. I am proud to know that you will all be supporting your colleagues, trusts and universities with your leadership skills and positive attitudes.

Please know that although we are working remotely we are still available via email and are still ready to take any inquires that may come up. In the present climate we are unable to organise any development days, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in touch with us. Even in difficult times, new ideas and initiatives can be just as valuable, so if you have any, then please let us know.

In these unprecedented times it is important that we all look after ourselves and each other, with this in mind I hope you and your families are safe and well?

Thank you for your continued support and keep in touch.


About the Student Quality Ambassador project

The aims of the Student Quality Ambassador project are as ambitious as they are simple. We aim to take the brightest healthcare students from across all healthcare disciplines and North West universities and provide them with the opportunity and support to role model and positively affect the quality of healthcare.

The numerous quality challenges completed, and SQA care innovations developed, have not only had a massive impact on service user and provider experience, but also fostered the development of personal leadership qualities and innovative thinking required from the healthcare leaders of the future.

We achieve our aim by:

  • Sharing best practice and contributing to innovation
  • Triangulating findings from quality measurement tools such as the Open and Honest Care reporting and Friends and Family tests which will assist to drive improvements in care
  • Forming a region-wide collaboration of HEIs and Service Providers to develop initiatives focused on promoting care and compassion within the healthcare and social sector
  • Showcasing student innovation projects within Trusts and developing an internet site where students can share their best practice across the region

What is the role of a Student Quality Ambassador (SQA) member?

The SQAs have been involved in a variety of projects to enhance patient care, such as the 15 steps toolkit, audits, mock inspections and becoming dementia friends. There is also the opportunity to develop your own ideas from what inspires you.

Our members:

Undertake practice based learning and feel empowered to champion and highlight good practice

Challenge areas of practice requiring development

Show leadership and motivation for themselves and other students, including being test subjects for innovations such as trialling the use of Standardised Numeracy Assessment Project (SNAP), Values and Behaviours assessment tools and e-learning projects etc.

Work alongside and liaise between practice areas, PEFs, HEIs, students, service users/patients and carers, other professionals

As a Student Quality Ambassador you should have a desire to champion good practice and enhance the quality of patient care.

Become a Student Quality Ambassador

The Student Quality Ambassador Initiative is open to all healthcare students in the North West of England and you can apply online today.

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SQA Development Day

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SQA Welcome Event

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Altcar 2019

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SQA Celebration

We will be rewarding the best SQAs, University leads and Mentors in practice at the SQA Celebration on the 6th September. The categories are: SQA leader of the year. SQA project of the year. SQA practice mentor of the year (sponsored by PARE). The SQA University lead...

Get in touch

Please note that currently this project is only open to Healthcare students within the North West of England.

For further information on the SQA role please contact Sheila Shennan at [email protected]