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Guides and toolkit

Guidance for universities on NHS and Social Work Bursaries.

Social work bursary


View information from the Department of Health and Social Care regarding social work bursary funding in 2019/20, including bursary allocations and rates.

NHS Bursary

Guides for universities

Practice placement expenses - guide to completing the claim form 2020/21 (PDF: 523KB)NHS Bursary (BUR) forms - Guidance for universities (PDF: 455KB)NHS Bursary funding for Medical and Dental Students 2020/21 (PDF: 453KB)Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) (PDF: 1.4MB)

We are not able to accept any old versions of forms.

Make sure we have the right contact details for your university by completing a university/college contact details form (Excel: 120KB).

Following your feedback, most of the NHS Bursary forms are in Excel format, are not academic year specific and have clear guidance on what information needs to be captured.

When completing the NHS Bursary forms that are Excel documents, you must return them to us:

  • by email
  • with the Excel file attached

We cannot extract the data if you send it in any other format.

All NHS Bursary forms must be returned to when completed.


NHS Bursary Scheme new rules (ninth edition) 2020/21 published by the Department of Health and Social Care. 

NHS Learning Support Fund

Guides for universities

NHS Learning Support Fund guidance booklet 2020/21 (PDF: 4.7MB)Learning Support Fund guidance booklet 2019/20 (PDF: 356KB)Exceptional Support Fund guidance booklet 2020/21 (PDF: 408 KB)

Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses

2020/21 guidance on completing the Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses claim form will be available soon.

Student loan support

Guidance about student loan support for NHS courses for the 2020/21 academic year is available on the Student Finance England website.


You can view the NHS Financial Support for Health Students - Learning Support Fund 2020/21 policy document from the Department of Health and Social Care.


Our toolkit has been developed for staff, careers advisers, programme administrators and other professionals who work in education or with students.  

If there’s anything else you'd find useful, email us:

Posters and infographic

These posters can be printed A4 or A3 size. Select 'fit to page' in your print settings, to make sure your margins are correct.

Student coversheet poster (PDF: 1.2MB)Fraud Poster - Spot it. Report it (PDF: 688KB)Fraud Poster - Bring it to light (PDF: 672KB)Find more information about reporting fraud in the NHS at the NHS Counter Fraud Authority website.

These posters provide advice and information on how students can save money on NHS charges. They’re available to display in your university or college.

To get copies, contact us by telephone: 0300 123 0849.

Find out about call charges

NHS Low Income Scheme poster (HC10) (PDF: 26KB)Prescription Prepayment Certificate Poster for Students (PDF: 237KB)

You can find out more information about help with health costs for students and people on a low income.


These leaflets can be printed A4 or A3 size. They've been produced with your open days in mind, so you can provide prospective or current students with an overview of NHS student bursaries and social work bursaries.

Social Work Bursaries leaflet (PDF: 223KB)Fraud awareness leaflet (PDF: 672KB)Student Services - what we do (PDF: 250KB)

NHS Learning Support Fund Toolkit

All the latest materials relating to the NHS Learning Support Fund for the 2020/21 academic year are now available. 

The materials below are relevant to the 2019/20 academic year.

Child Dependants Allowance (CDA):

Student Journey (PDF: 951KB)HEI Journey (PDF: 953KB)CDA Poster (PDF: 31KB)

​​​Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses Allowance (TDAE):

Student Journey (PDF: 982KB)HEI Journey (PDF: 997KB)TDAE Poster (PDF :30KB)Completing your TDAE claim (PDF: 3.6MB)

Exceptional Support Fund:

Student Journey (PDF: 964KB)HEI Journey (PDF: 963KB)ESF Poster (PDF: 30KB)Completing your ESF claim (PDF: 666KB)


Additional information

More information is available on the government’s website for:

ESG consultationSocial work bursary information packs