Guidance for universities on NHS and Social Work Bursaries.
Social work bursary
Guides and useful links
Capping guidance for universities
Undergraduate capping guidance
Capping guidance for universities (year 2 undergraduates) (PDF: 498.18KB)
Postgraduate capping guidance
Information to help students
Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs)
View information from the Department of Health and Social Care regarding social work bursary funding in 2019/20, including bursary allocations and rates.
Social Work Bursary forms
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 nhsbsa.HEIForms@nhs.net 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
Exceptional Support Fund guidance booklet 2020/21 (PDF: 408 KB)Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses (TDAE) guidance booklet (PDF: 370KB)
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.
Final year student extensions
If you have students from the 2019/20 academic year who require an extension to complete their course for reasons other than coronavirus (COVID-19), the process is as follows.
Speak to your students to discuss the reasons for the extension and complete a HEI extension request form (PDF: 173KB). This form should then be emailed to us at nhsbsa.ESFextensions@nhs.net and we will then contact the student directly with details on how to submit an application form.
Once the student has returned this form to us, we will review and either submit to a DHSC/HEE panel for review or reject if there is insufficient evidence. Students will be informed at this point the process of their application.
We submit our recommendations for payment to the panel on a weekly basis. Once we have received their decision, we will write to the students to let them know whether their claim has been sent for payment or, if rejected, reasons for this.
Students can request a review if they do not agree with the decision, details of this will be provided in their confirmation email.
NHS Learning Support Fund (NHS LSF) university portal
Authorised and registered university staff users can access the NHS LSF university portal by entering their email address and password.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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):
Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses Allowance (TDAE):
Exceptional Support Fund:
More information is available on the government’s website for: