Student Health App

Version: 1.7 | Cost: Entirely Free

Level 2 - General Health
Country: GB
Category: Healthy Living, Clinical Reference
Released: 15/11/2016
Updated: 07/02/2019
Version: 1.7
Size: 62mb
Developer: Expert Self Care Ltd
Reviewed On: 19/06/2019
This App achieved an ORCHA score of 80%.

It was assessed as a Level 2 App. These apps are focused on general health. They may collect data and they may have a number of more advanced features. Where they collect data we assess their data use policies and compliance with relevant standards. Because they are health focused we also assess their compliance in the Clinical Effectiveness as well as the User Experience domains.

This App doesn’t collect any data and it is therefore only assessed and scored based on its performance in the User Experience and Clinical Assurance sections of our review.

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Developer description
"Reliable, relevant health advice for young adults who want to look after themselves and use medical services wisely" (Dr Dominique Thompson, Director, Students' Health Service, University of Bristol). Concerned about a health problem? Not sure what to do next? Too embarrassed to seek help? The Student Health App (previously known as 'ESC Student') allows you to say goodbye to frustrating, confusing and sometimes dangerous online searches for health information. What's more, the app works offline (apart from the hyperlinks), so you can use the app on-the-go without the need for an internet connection. How does the app help? Open the app and easily access over 900 pages packed with reliable health information - anywhere, anytime, and in private: • Troubling health problems – check out what to do next and when to see a pharmacist, nurse or doctor • Emergencies and general ill health – discover the truth about life-threatening illnesses as well as sleep problems, feeling stressed, and being tired all the time • Common ailments – get to the bottom of headaches, find out how to treat your spots, and manage common aches and pains • Mental health – find out what to do when you (or one of your friends) feel low or anxious, self-harm or are worried about drinking too much alcohol • Useful links – get fast access to hundreds of links to useful further information Which topics does the app cover? The Student Health App offers plain-talking reassurance, info and advice on over 125 topics relevant to students in areas such as... > first aid & emergencies > common ailments > mental health problems > physical (body) symptoms > love and sex > healthy living > travel health > alcohol & drugs > long-term health problems > staying safe at uni > accessing health services… ...and more. Is it safe? In partnership with the University of Bristol Students' Health Service, the app has been co-created by medical doctors and students and is certified by the NHS England Information Standard as a source of clear, reliable and relevant health information. Can universities have their own version? We can customise the app for universities - visit for details. We also review and update the app continuously, at no extra charge. Are other student-facing apps available? You may want to check out our 'distrACT' app, offering support for young people who self-harm or feel suicidal. Other new student apps are in the pipeline, addressing student wellbeing and the needs of international students. How do I find out about new apps? Stay tuned and like us on facebook (, follow us on twitter ( and sign up for news through our website ( How can I give feedback? We will always try to improve this app further, and we'd appreciate your feedback. Please take time to rate the Student Health App on Google Play and complete a short anonymous feedback survey from within the app. Thank you! Download your Student Health App today for quick, easy and discreet access to reliable health information!
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We have identified that this App provides the following key features

General Information
The App provides general information or guidance
Carer Support
The App provides features that help those caring for others

This review area looks at what information an App collects from you, what it does with that information and how secure is its handling of that data. For some Apps this is only a minor issue as they don’t gather much information. Other Apps can gather lots of very personal and sensitive information and for these it is important to know how they go about handling this.


This review area looks at what evidence there is that there is a suitably qualified professional or organisation behind the App or that it has been endorsed, accredited or underwritten by such an individual or organisation. It also assesses what evidence there is around user testing and what evidence there is that supports the effectiveness of the App in terms of claimed health benefits. The higher the Level of the App and the more sophisticated its functions, the more crucial this becomes.

Professional Assurance

It was clear from our review that a suitably qualified professional or organisation was involved in the Apps development.

It was clear from our review how regularly the advice and guidance given by the App was reviewed and updated by relevant professionals.


This Review Area looks at how an App has been designed to support the overall user experience. This includes its availability on both primary platforms, how customisable the App is, how well it caters for end users with different capabilities and needs – such as visual or other impairments – how content is managed, how well supported the App is and what it costs. This area also looks at overall User Review scores from both platforms.


It wasclear from our review that the App had been through end user testing as part of its design and development.


The App does provide customisable features.

End user capacity

The App does provide support for users with poor sight.

The App does provide support for users with hearing difficulties.


The App does appear to have a clear approach to dealing with user issues.


The App is entirely free to use.

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Scores below 45% indicate that an App has considerable issues or challenges and in its current form is potentially unhelpful or unsafe.

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