Consultation launched on NHS bursary reforms

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08 / 4 / 2016 9am

A consultation on how to implement the planned changes to the student funding system for nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals has launched.

From 1 August 2017 NHS bursaries will no longer be available to new nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students. Instead they will have to access the student loans system for tuition funding and financial support.

The government is seeking feedback from organisations and the public on how the changes can best be implemented. This includes looking at opportunities for students who apply for nursing, midwifery and allied health professional training as a second degree to be eligible for a student loan. 

The reforms are part of a wider approach to help the NHS adapt to the changing needs of the population, train more nurses and reduce reliance on agency and overseas staff. Currently two-thirds of those who apply to become a nurse aren’t accepted for training. The government anticipates that the changes will allow universities to accept more applicants with the right qualifications and are expected to create up to 10,000 more training places by 2020. 

The consultation closes on Thursday 30 June.

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