Spending Review: implications for healthcare students’ bursary funding

News Article

26 November 2015

In the government spending review announcement of 25 November 2015 it stated that the government will “replace direct funding with loans for new students”. The finer details are yet to be fully agreed but we can confirm:

  • This change will be introduced for new students on nursing, midwifery and allied health professional courses from September 2017, subject to consultation. (Update 10 December: the change will come into effect on 1 August 2017.)
  • The Department of Health intends to make an exception for students studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions as a second degree so that these students can access student loans.This will be covered in the consultation.
  • As part of the consultation, the Department of Health will work with stakeholders to consider how best they can support students from disadvantaged backgrounds to continue to access healthcare courses in their specialism.
  • Universities could deliver up to 10,000 additional training places over this Parliament.

The Department of Health are now working to ascertain the full impact of the overall spending reductions and will be working alongside our Health Education England sponsors for NHS Student Bursaries to plan how this will affect the NHSBSA’s Student Bursaries operation.

We are working closely with the Department of Health, who set the policy for the NHS Bursary Scheme, and as soon as we have any further information, we will publish this on our website.

You can read more about the Spending Review on the Department of Health's website, here. 

Update 18 December 2015Health Minister Ben Gummer writes about nursing education reform and a new route into nursing.

Update 8 April 2016: We've published a news story about the consultation launch here.