Nurses: Training

Department of Health written question – answered on 16th September 2016.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department will take to monitor the number of UCAS applications for nursing courses in the next two years; and what contingency planning his Department has undertaken to address any reduction in the number of such applications in that period.

Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that changes to the funding of nursing education will (a) increase the number and (b) improve the quality of clinical placements for students.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

The changes to healthcare education funding from August 2017 means that we can move away from centrally imposed controls on numbers of nurses being trained and financial limitations, enabling universities to increase nurse training places by the end of the parliament, 2020.

As now, ensuring that all students have access to high quality placements and receive an outstanding placement experience is a key priority.

Having a stable placement commissioning system is important for workforce supply and for Higher Education Institutes; therefore Health Education England (HEE) will retain responsibility for commissioning the minimum number of placements for 2017/18. Universities will be free to create additional places on top of these in partnership with their local trusts and will have their HEE-funded placements maintained at existing levels.

The Government is committed to monitoring data regarding, for example, application rates, diversity statistics and workforce supply.

The first part of the government response to the consultation included a revised Economic Impact Assessment, page 16 sets out the Monitoring and Evaluation plan, the link is:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/changing-how-healthcare-education-is-funded

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