The Council of Deans of Health has welcomed the announcement today by HEFCE of an additional £32 million to support nursing, midwifery and allied health professional courses in the transition to the higher education finance system in 2017-18. The announcement follows the completion of a costing study for the relevant courses which will be published by the end of March.
Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Chair of the Council, representing UK university faculties engaged in education for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions, said:
“We are pleased that the underfunding for nursing, midwifery and allied health courses has been recognised. The Council has worked closely with HEFCE during this process and our members have been fully involved in contributing to the evidence base for the costing study.
“The £32 million goes some way to closing the gap in funding for these courses and will help in managing a safe transition to the new funding system, which is essential if we are to sustain and grow training places whilst continuing to provide graduate level education that meets the standards set by the NMC and HCPC.
“We do have some concerns that the announcement only provides confirmation of funding for 2017/18 and look forward to working closely with HEFCE on how the future distribution of transitional funding works to support the government’s aim to expand the number of training places by 10,000 by the end of this parliament. It is vital to ensure the future sustainability of training for professions that are currently in short supply and that this expansion incentivises areas and professions where there is most pressing need.”
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.
- HEFCE Circular 06/2017 Funding for universities and colleges for 2017-18: Board decisions
- For more information on this press release, please contact Jon Eames on 07496 693806.