Council of Deans of Health statement on admissions to UK healthcare courses 2020

20 August 2020

Universities across the UK are working hard to admit as many qualified students as possible to healthcare courses in 2020/21. The Council of Deans of Health recognises the huge uncertainty faced by applicants this year and knows that the sector is responding flexibly to support students through the admissions process.

Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Chair of the Council, said:

“Universities are seeing a high level of interest in these important and valuable careers. We acknowledge the removal of this year’s student number cap in England and will be asking commissioners of healthcare courses in the devolved nations to show similar flexibility. However, admissions decisions must take account of clinical placement capacity, student experience and, this year in particular, campus capacity and safety.

“Covid-19 has created huge challenges for the universities and practice partners educating nurses, midwives and the allied health professions. Universities are already working with providers to maintain and expand placement capacity but we must now see increased Government funding for every healthcare student to enable universities and clinical partners to support learners across a wider range of placements while harnessing technology and innovative modes of delivery such as simulation and robotics”.

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