Nursing, midwifery and AHP pre-registration education in England is funded through a nationally agreed price, known as the benchmark price (BMP). This is reviewed every five years to see if it reflects the cost to universities of delivering the programmes.
With the latest review underway, this briefing looks at the evidence that universities face a serious funding shortfall for pre-registration education. It finds an existing gap of at least 8-12%, widening to 12-16% if proposed funding cuts for 2014/15 are allowed to go ahead. With the potential for these cuts to undermine the provision of education and ultimately patient care, the paper argues that this is a risk that we should not be prepared to take.