Nurses: Training

Department of Health written question – answered on 11th September 2017.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to remove the cap on nurse training; and if he will make a statement.

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

On 1 August 2017 the Government changed the funding system for pre-registration nurse training from National Health Service-funded tuition and bursaries to the standard student support system. NHS tuition and bursaries are paid from general taxation and therefore placed an artificial cap on the number of training places available.

This change means we have moved away from centrally imposed number controls and financial limitations and therefore the artificial cap has been removed. We expect that these reforms will enable universities to offer up to an additional 10,000 training places by 2020, for nurses, midwives and allied health profession students.

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