Student nurses in training are supernumerary to the workforce and as such do not provide any Service. It takes three years to train a nurse and we have over 52,000 students in training. The University and College Admissions Service reports show that nationally, the number of applicants to nursing courses is up 4% compared to the same point last year.
In Northamptonshire the local clinical commissioning groups report that the number of students who started in September is stable, with further work on-going locally to increase numbers for the March 2020 intake. The Department has put in place a financial package for students that means a typical student has 25% more money to live on while studying than under the bursary system.