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About the Healthcare Education Funding Reforms

You’ll find information and key facts relating to funding support for students entering nursing, midwifery and some allied health professional education programme on or after 1 August 2017. 

Careers in healthcare

The workforce is the single biggest asset in healthcare provision, and healthcare careers continue to offer attractive choices including employability, good job security and continued professional development following qualification.

Health Education England can give you more information on healthcare careers

Funding support

The funding reforms are designed to deliver a number of benefits towards securing the future healthcare workforce, including:

  • enabling up to 10,000 additional places on healthcare programmes at universities
  • offering typically 25% more financial support while studying
  • enhancing access to undergraduate study for those from disadvantaged backgrounds

For example, a single student studying on a three year programme would receive approximately £2,000 more funding support per year on a student loan compared to an NHS Bursary.

Supplementary funding

As detailed in the Government’s Consultation Response Reforming healthcare education funding: creating a sustainable future workforce (PDF: 428KB) additional funding elements are being made available.

Eligible students may be able to access:

  • a non-repayable grant of £1,000 per year for students with eligible child dependants
  • access to exceptional support of up to £3,000 per year for those students in severe hardship
  • support for excess travel and dual accommodation expenses incurred due to attending practice placements.

We are working on the detail and processes for these elements of funding and will provide further information to you in due course.

Transitional arrangements

Transitional arrangements have been established for these particular programmes:

  • Postgraduate students: For cohorts commencing in 2017/18, Health Education England will continue to commission the places and those places will attract an NHS bursary.
  • Dental hygiene/dental therapy students: For cohorts commencing in 2017/18, Health Education England will continue to commission the places and those places will attract an NHS bursary.
  • Part-time programmes: For a capped number of students on eligible programmes commencing in 2017/18, they will be able to apply for available support from Student Loans Company and will have access to a maintenance bursary that will be administered by the NHS Business Services Authority. 

Further information

Our Q&A document has been updated to provide the latest information regarding the reforms. We will update this further as soon as we have any more information so please keep an eye out for notifications. Please note the information contained in the document was correct at the time of publishing however may be subject to change during the finalisation of the policies.

Health education funding reform Q&A document (271KB)

Useful links

NHS Bursary Reform Policy Paper

Student Finance (GOV.UK) 

Health Careers