Health educators have welcomed data showing an increase in the number of confirmed applicant places for nursing courses across the UK but called for further efforts to support future growth.
Data from the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) on the number of confirmed places 28 days after A level results day on nursing undergraduate courses in the UK, shows a 5% increase in placed applicants across the UK to a total of 28,120. The number of placed applicants from all four home nations has increased as has the number of those from outside the EU and from the EU excluding the UK. It also shows an increase in placed applicants of all age groups except those aged 20-24.
Dr Katerina Kolyva, Executive Director of the Council of Deans of Health, said:
“Universities have continued to work hard during Clearing to recruit students to courses. Nevertheless, there is still more work to be done to increase the numbers of students choosing these very rewarding careers. The launch this week of the latest ‘We are the NHS’ recruitment campaign on television is an important step in creating demand and we have worked closely with NHS England/Improvement to help expand placement capacity this year. Alongside this we continue to call for the introduction of maintenance grants for healthcare students to support recruitment.”
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