Health educators in Wales have welcomed the announcement by the Welsh Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, that NHS Bursaries for eligible student nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals will continue to be available in Wales in 2018/19. The bursary will be based upon individuals committing in advance to taking up the opportunity to work in Wales, post-qualification, for a period of two years.
The announcement was part of a commitment by the Welsh Government, which is responsible for health and higher education funding, to train more health and social care staff in Wales.
Professor Ceri Phillips, Chair of the group representing university faculties in Wales with nursing, midwifery and AHP courses and Council of Deans of Health Executive Member for Wales, said:
“This announcement will give students and universities the clarification and reassurance they need in the short-term, however challenges remain in determining the long-term future of funding in Wales. We need to see a financially sustainable model that will deliver the numbers of health and social care staff required in the long-term. A timely decision on funding in 2019-20 onwards is essential to help plan provision and deliver effective student recruitment campaigns.
“As Wales moves to a single strategic body to oversee planning, workforce design and education commissioning, universities will have an important voice in these discussions and it is vital that we continue to work in partnership with Welsh Government to develop a model that works for Wales”.
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