About the Student Quality Ambassador Project

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Student Quality Ambassadors
NHS Health Education England

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.

 Examples of previous SQA initiatives can be found at https://studentqa.co.uk/ The drive and innovation of these students is hugely commendable, leaving a legacy well after they finish their placement or finally graduate.


Yvette Heatley – SQA Project Lead

Yvette Heatley
Yvette Heatley, SQA Project Lead

I would like to introduce myself as I undertake my role as Project Lead for the Student Quality Ambassador (SQA) Project. 

Since qualifying as an Adult Nurse from the University of Chester in 2010, I have enjoyed a varied and diverse career including acute medicine and Accident and Emergency. After achieving a BSc (Hons) in Palliative Care from the University of Bolton, I went into specialist palliative care nursing which then led to an educational role within palliative care at the End of Life Partnership.

From here, my passion for education and change management was born!

I went onto to work as a Practice Education Facilitator at Mid Cheshire Hospital Foundation Trust in Crewe which enabled me to support students from a range pre-registration, academic programmes including nursing, midwifery and Allied Health Professions. 


The Future of SQA

My initial aim is to increase recruitment levels, particularly from under-represented groups including: 

  • Students from BAME backgrounds 
  • LGBTQ+ 
  • Men in nursing 
  • Under-represented professions – e.g. Nurse Associates, Physician Associates, Podiatry and Radiography.   

I would welcome the opportunity to reach out to healthcare students in the North West, to discuss the scope of the SQA role, how they can implement change for the benefit of service provision and be leaders of the future.  

If you like more information regarding SQA, please email y.heatley@chester.ac.uk or sqa.admin@chester.ac.uk


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