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Student hub


Welcome to our hub for student nurses, midwives and trainee nursing associate (TNA), designed in collaboration with students to help support you in your studies and journey into your healthcare career. Take a look around the hub to find out more about Health Education England (HEE) and what resources are available to help support and advise you.

HEE is part of the NHS, and we work with partners to plan, recruit, educate and train the health workforce. We are people centered, committed to the NHS Constitution, and driven by our own values, which are responsible, fair, confident, and inclusive.

Watch the animation below to find out more about who we are, what we do, and how we can support you through your career.



HEE supports the delivery of excellent healthcare by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values, and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place.

How can you work with us?

We want to hear from you as students and trainees so that you can help us inform our work.

We have several opportunities to contribute, including our student council, focus groups, and social media activity so please let us know if you’d like to be involved.  

Find out more

Sign up to hear about future engagement opportunities. 

The National Education and Training Survey, NETS is the only national survey open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students and trainees undertaking a practice placement or training post in healthcare as part of their education and training programme. The survey gathers opinions from students and trainees about their time in practice placements , asking them to provide feedback on what worked well and what they think could be improved. The NETS results are used to implement real changes to clinical learning settings so it’s important for you to have your say.

The latest NETS is open now.

The NETS remain live until 30 November 2022. Keep up to date about future NETS surveys by signing up to our Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

HEE has lots of resources to help you during the course of your studies. We have outlined some of these below and will add more as we develop this hub:

Knowledge and Library services

The knowledge and library service is open to you as students and trainees, as well as NHS bodies, their staff, patients, and the public. The service includes:


 - a 24-hour knowledge and library hub, containing access to journals, books, databases, plus clinical decision support resources;

 - access to BMJ Best Practice; and

 - a range of webinars on knowledge and information topics.


You can access all the knowledge and library service resources for free during your studies and employment within the NHS. It ultimately aims to give frontline staff the gift of time to focus on their patients, so we hope you will find this service of great support during both your studies and time on placement.

You can access this all resources by creating an NHS England OpenAthens account by using your student placement email address.

See this useful video which shows how to navigate the knowledge and library services


elearning for healthcare

elearning for healthcare delivers and develops more than 400 e-learning programmes in collaboration with organisations including Royal Colleges, the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England.

These programmes are free to access and available to you as students and trainees. The elearning programmes cover a broad range of topics to help you in your studies and prepare you for placements.

BMJ best practice

BMJ best practice is a clinical decision-making support tool providing the latest evidence-based information to use at the point of care. Funded by Health Education 

England (HEE), it is free to all NHS healthcare professionals and learners in England.

Rated as one of the best support tools worldwide, BMJ Best Practice includes step by step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention as well as medical calculators, how-to videos and patient information leaflets.  Content includes clinical expertise from over 1,600 international authors and 2,500 peer reviewers which means users have up to date references available at their fingertips, anywhere, any time of day or night.


Learning hub

Students and trainees have access to the learning hub where you can find videos, guidance documents and virtual reality resources on a range of different topics. These resources are all developed by NHS colleagues along with HEE’s technology enhanced learning team. The learning hub also allows you the opportunity to give feedback on the resources available. Make sure you check out this resource.


Upcoming Events

Special Q&A webinar with Professor Mark Radford CBE for student and newly qualified nurses, midwives and TNAs. 

21 November 2022  

Register now.  

A live Q&A Webinar featuring Professor Mark Radford CBE, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for NHS England, and Liz Fenton OBE, NHS Health Education England’s Deputy Chief Nurse. 

Co-hosted by students and featuring newly registered NHS staff from across the country, this is an invaluable opportunity for our new nurses and midwives preparing for the new year. 
Sharing their wisdom and experience, and ready to hear your queries and concerns, the panel of special guests makes sure this Webinar is not to be missed! 


Your library is online: support for nurses and midwives 

13 December 2022 

The NHS Knowledge and Library Hub is here to help you access information and evidence you need.  

It connects you to a wide range of online resources specifically useful for nurses and midwives, during training, in practice and for professional development. 

Join Alan Fricker, Knowledge and Library Hub manager, on the 13 December 2022 to explore how to make the most of the full range of evidence support available to you, as well as how to access and navigate the Hub. Book your place

See the full webinar programme. 


Student Listening Events: South West safe learning charter 

December 2022 

Calling all students in the South West to get involved in an online listening week aiming this December.  

All students from allied health professions, nursing, nursing associates and health care science from across the south west region to help develop an understanding and consensus on what ‘good’ looks like to ensure a positive experience for all. 

These listening events are to showcase your student voice and help think about: 

1. What does good clinical placement training look like for students?  

2. How can this training lead to a worthwhile career?   

If you are a student or have current students who would like to attend one of these listening events, please complete this form or contact our quality team for further information.

As a student nurse, midwife, or TNA you will receive support and guidance through your university. If you have any questions or concerns this be your main source of guidance – please do not be afraid to seek advice. The main areas of support that your university provides include:

 - Your mental health and wellbeing.

 - Academic tutor support, pastoral support, and support for online and remote learning.

 - Informal support, such as that given from societies, unions, student forums, friends and family and support groups.

 While you are on placement they will be lots of people around to support you. This may come from your practice supervisor, practice assessor, and academic assessor but of course from the wider team within which you are placed.  Of course, your support from your university will still be there for you to. Please do not be nervous about asking for help or asking questions

Watch this video on practice assessors for more information. Standards for student supervision and assessment can be found on the NMC website, where you can also find supporting information on standards for student supervision and assessment.

Freedom to Speak Up – it’s important that we all feel able to speak up to stop potential harm and your university will have spoken to you about the actions to take if you have concerns. You can of course talk to someone within the team in which you are placed or to your university. Additionally, each NHS Trusts will have a Freedom to Speak up Guardian who is there to help. You can share your concerns anonymously and confidentially if you would prefer.. To find out more about the role of a freedom to Speak Up guardian watch this video. If you would like more information about finding your local guardian, please visit the national guardian webpage.

Financial support  - you can find information about student finance on the gov.uk website.


RCN Student money guide 

This is a useful and interactive, student friendly guide. 

This guide includes information about budgeting, saving and general money advice. 


Student finance explained – NHS Employers infographic 

An overview of student finance available to those studying undergraduate healthcare degrees. 


NHS Learning Support fund (LSF)  

Training grant 

You may be eligible to apply for a training grant through the LSF which is managed by NHS Business Services Authority. You can find more information on their website.  

You have to apply for this at the start of each academic year. 

On top of the training grant you could be eligible for a specialist subject payment (SSP) if you’re studying: 

- mental health nursing; 

- learning disability nursing; 

- radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic); 

- prosthetics and orthotics; 

- orthoptics; or  

- podiatry.  

If you apply for the SSP this will be added to your NHS LSF when you apply for the training grant.  

Through the LSF you can also find information about support for if you are a parent, for travel expenses or if you are eligible for disabled student allowances.  


For further financial support and information about NHS Bursaries you can visit student services webpage on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) website.

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