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Midwives: Training

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 41, tabled on 14 October 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) student midwives there were, (b) people graduated from pre-registration midwifery training and (c) training places for pre-registration midwifery students were (i) made available and (ii) filled in each of the last three academic years.

Answered on

22 October 2019

Data from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) in the following table. shows the number of students accepted onto midwifery courses over the last three full academic years.

Midwifery student acceptances

Midwifery

Academic year

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

Number of acceptances

2,395

2,600

2,680

Source: UCAS end of cycle data, 2018

The following table shows the number of midwives who graduated in England in 2016-17. Data for 2018-19 is not yet available.

Midwifery graduates

Midwifery

Academic year

2016-17

2017-18

Number of graduates

2,162

2,091

Source: Health Education England (HEE) analysis of Higher Education Statistics Agency Student Record

In 2016/17 HEE commissioned 2,605 midwifery places of which 2,602 were filled. Following the removal of the bursary in 2017 midwifery places are no longer directly commissioned by HEE. Places are filled via the normal university application process with the Department making funding available for the provision of their clinical placements while studying.