Sector leaders have welcomed the Government’s response to the consultation Reforming healthcare education funding: creating a sustainable future workforce, released today. The plans announced by the Government address many of the concerns raised by universities, including funding placement travel and accommodation expenses for students and additional grants for childcare and student hardship.
Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Chair of the Council of Deans of Health, representing UK university faculties engaged in education and research for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions, said:
“We welcome the Government’s swift response to the consultation which is essential to universities and prospective students in preparing for the 2017/18 academic year. We are pleased that the plans recognise the particular issues around funding placement travel and accommodation expenses and the need to support the high proportion of mature students on healthcare courses.”
The Government’s response proposes an interim funding arrangement for pre-registration postgraduate students starting in 2017, to be followed by a long-term solution from 2018 onwards. A second response, due out later in the year, will set out the government’s approach to issues of system architecture including the new clinical placement commissioning system and the protection of smaller, specialised subjects.
Professor Corner said:
“We are committed as a matter of priority to working with government to find long-term solutions to the funding for postgraduate pre-registration students, so that these vital courses are sustainable. It is right that the Government has prioritised spelling out the offer for students but we also now need to press on and urgently clarify the wider system issues, such as funding for placements, on which success of the reforms rests.”
Notes to editors
- 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: councilofdeans.org.uk.
- Details of the Government’s consultation response can be found here.
- For more information on this press release, please contact Jon Eames on 07496 693806.