Learning Disability: Nurses

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd May 2018.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many learning disability nursing students there have been in each year since 2010.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The number of learning disability nursing students training in each academic year is shown in the following table.

Number of learning disability nursing students in training

Academic year

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Number of students

1,806

1,679

1,712

No data

1,638

1,631

1,656

Source: Department of Health, Financial Information Management System system and Health Education England EDCOM (Education Commissioning) reports.

Notes:

- Data prior to 2013 came from the Department of Health Financial Management System. Data collected after 2013 comes from Health Education England EDCOM reports.

- Data for the 2013/14 academic years are not available due to commissioning moving from the Department to Health Education England.

- Student numbers are recorded as of March in each academic year.

- Refers to students studying in England.

- Data for 2017/18 are not yet available.

On 9 May I announced £10 million funding for incentives for postgraduate students who go on to work in mental health and learning disability fields, as well as those postgraduates who go on to work in community nursing roles. I have asked officials to work closely with stakeholders on the roll out of the scheme.

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