Council welcomes increase in Scots nursing & midwifery numbers but renews call for 3-year planning

19 December 2015

The Council of Deans of Health has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that student nurse and midwifery numbers will increase by 5.6% next year (academic year 2016/17).  The Council has said the numbers are a welcome boost to ensuring the future sustainability of degree programmes and the NHS workforce in Scotland.

However, it has also renewed its call to move toward 3-year planning so that universities are better able to plan for future student numbers.  In Scotland, nursing and midwifery undergraduate place numbers are commissioned by Scottish Government on an annual basis.

Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Convenor of the Council of Deans of Health Scotland said:

“We very much welcome this news from Scottish Government that there is to again be an increase in student numbers for next year.  Currently, the annual  allocation for each university is usually provided after offers have been sent out to applicants, so there is an element of guesswork to match the number of offers and actual  places.  The Council is again calling on the government to provide student numbers annually for the next 3 years which is the normal duration of the undergraduate degree course.  This would allow for our members to ensure that they are able to plan ahead and provide the necessary resources and correct place numbers, and for the Scottish Government to plan and respond better to future workforce needs”.


Notes to editors:
1.The Council of Deans of Health is the voice of the deans and heads of UK university faculties for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. For further information:
2.For more information on this press release, please call 07805 873882 or contact Jon Eames, Membership and Communications Officer

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