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NHS Bursary students: coronavirus (COVID-19)

This information is for all medical and dental students and any remaining nursing, midwifery and Allied Health Profession (AHP) students still receiving an NHS Bursary. It sets out measures put in place as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that during the coronavirus response period all NHS Bursary payments will continue to be paid as normal and eligible students should continue to apply for payments. 

Payments during school closures 

DHSC has confirmed that during the period of school and university closures all NHS Bursary payments will continue to be paid as normal and eligible students should continue to apply for payments. 

Identifying as a key worker

DHSC has confirmed that if you’re undertaking a clinical healthcare course then you are able to self-identify as a key worker as you are contributing to the national coronavirus response.

During the coronavirus crisis,  your NHS Bursary will continue to be paid until the end of your current academic year, regardless of whether you have opted in or out of working in the NHS.

You can view your expected remaining bursary payment schedule in your online BOSS account. This will continue to be assessed and updated.

Extending your study period

At the end of the coronavirus period, if you’re required to extend your period of study or clinical placements in order to qualify, your university should submit a BUR102 extension form at the start of the extension period.

Bursary payments will be calculated on the period of extension and information we currently hold on student applications submitted for the 2019/2020 academic year.

Reapplying for your NHS Bursary

If you’re a non-final year medical, dental, nursing, midwifery or AHP student, and you are not opting to work in the NHS, you’ll need to reapply for your NHS Bursary as requested earlier in the year.

We’re encouraging students to apply at the earliest opportunity and by 31 July to guarantee payment for a September start. You have nine months from the day that you start your course to send your bursary application to us.

We are constantly reviewing this information and are working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care to make sure you’re kept up to date.

This information is subject to change at any point in time. Thank you for your continued support and co-operation during these challenging and unprecedented times.

NHS Bursary payments

Final-year students graduating early as a result of opting to work in the NHS

Your NHS Bursary payments will continue to be paid for the remainder of your current academic year, at which point they will stop. You can view your expected remaining payment schedule in your online BOSS account.

Your bursary payments will not be affected by any salary you receive for working on the frontline during the coronavirus crisis.

Students on maternity leave currently receiving the NHS Bursary

Your NHS Bursary payments will continue to be paid for the remainder of your current academic year, at which point they will stop. You can view your expected remaining payment schedule in your online BOSS account.

For payments to continue beyond this point, you are required to reapply for your NHS Bursary as requested earlier in the year, and at the earliest opportunity.

Students opting not to serve on the frontline

You will still receive bursary payments for the remainder of your current academic year, at which point they will stop. You can view your expected remaining payment schedule in your online BOSS account.

Further information will be made available once the position is known regarding HEIs remaining closed or re-opening.

In the meantime, you are encouraged to reapply for your NHS Bursary for the next academic year (2020/2021) as requested earlier in the year to avoid any delays once the position is known.

Extensions to complete clinical placements

If you need to complete a clinical placement that was cancelled or paused, or one you could not attend due to a coronavirus-related issue such as childcare or illness, your university will need to request an extension.

They can do this by submitting a BUR 102 form at the point the extension starts.

Extensions will be paid for the period required.

Claiming for additional costs

Claiming for accommodation costs after cancelled placements

If your placement is cancelled and you need to claim for the cost of your accommodation, you should complete your claim form online and email it, with any relevant evidence, to your university.

We have contacted all universities to let them know of the revised system for sending PPE claims to us.

In the event your practice placement is, or will be, cancelled and you have paid for your accommodation in advance, you may still be reimbursed through the NHS Bursary, as applicable, if you're unable to obtain a refund from the provider.

Reimbursements may also be made for necessary visas, vaccinations and medical insurance costs relating to overseas placements which have already been incurred.

In these circumstances, you should submit your claim forms as normal, endorsed by your university and enclose the relevant accommodation cancellation policy from the provider, plus supporting receipts for any advanced payments you have made.

We also require the university to provide a covering letter advising the date the placement was cancelled. This process also applies to travel season tickets and Oyster card payments. These claims will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Claiming for the costs of suspended childcare provision

You will be entitled to claim back the cost of any childcare costs you incur where the provider of the childcare has had to temporarily suspend their provision due to coronavirus and the costs were not waived.

To claim, you should include a copy of the childcare provider's signed and dated contract when submitting your childcare reconciliation forms for the period in question.

These claims will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Claiming for travel expenses whilst volunteering to support the NHS

Students volunteering to support the NHS during the coronavirus crisis will be able to claim their travel expenses through the NHS volunteering scheme, not from the NHS Bursary.

Claiming travel and accommodation expenses from Practice Placement Expenses (PPE)

If you are a medical or dental student who has opted in to serve on the frontline, you are eligible to continue claiming PPE. The eligibility criteria remain the same as if you were attending a clinical placement.

If you incur additional travel and dual accommodation costs due to coronavirus, consideration and discretion will be applied on a case-by-case basis.