NHS: Training

Department of Health written question – answered on 28th October 2015.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Shadow Spokesperson (Health), Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from the Council of Deans and Universities UK regarding the abolition of NHS bursaries; and whether they will publish any correspondence received.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Shadow Spokesperson (Health), Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the expected quality of placements of student nurses in the NHS in a free market in training places compared to a system of commissioned places funded by bursaries.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Shadow Spokesperson (Health), Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had regarding the impact of abolishing NHS student bursaries on the take-up of courses including nursing, midwifery, and for professions allied to health.

Photo of Lord Prior of Brampton Lord Prior of Brampton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health

The Department of Health received joint correspondence from Council of Deans of Health and Universities UK about a number of issues relating to healthcare education funding in England. A copy of the letter is attached.

There have been no discussions with external stakeholders/bodies about the impact of potential changes to the funding of health care education and training in England, nor have any decisions been taken in this regard. The Department will consider all of its expenditure as part of the Spending Review (SR). The Government will announce the outcome of the SR on 25 November 2015.

The Department has not made any formal assessment of the expected quality of placements of student nurses in the National Health Service in a free market in training places compared to a system of commissioned places funded by bursaries.

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