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Nurses: Training

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 236245, tabled on 25 March 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the effect has been on levels of nurse recruitment of the removal of the nursing bursary.

Answered on

28 March 2019

The following table shows the number of nurses and midwives recruited since September 2016 - the year before the removal of the National Health Service bursary.

September 2016

September 2017

September 2018

December 2018






Source: NHS Digital Published Hospital and Community Health Services workforce statistics

The education funding reforms unlocked the cap which constrained the number of pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health profession training places allowing more students to gain access to nurse degree training courses.

On 7 February, the University and College Admissions Service published full-time undergraduate nursing and midwifery applications made by the 15 January deadline. This data showed a 4.5% increase in applicants to undergraduate nursing and midwifery courses at English providers. We are working with Health Education England and the university sector to ensure students continue to apply for these courses this year and in future years.

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