Midwives: Training

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 28th October 2021.

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Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Chair, Finance Committee (Commons), Chair, Finance Committee (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many pre-registration student midwives (a) have started their training and (b) were at any stage of their training in each of the last five academic years for which figures are available.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Department does not hold information on the number of midwives in any stage of training. The following table shows the number of student acceptances to midwifery courses in England. Acceptances are a widely used proxy for the number of students who start training each year.

Academic year

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-2021

Number of acceptances

2,395

2,600

2,680

3,105

3,630

Source: The Universities and Colleges Admission Service end of cycle data, 2020

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