Health Education Funding in England from 2017/18

17 March 2016

From 1 August 2017 there will be a new funding system for new students on nursing, midwifery and AHP pre-registration courses in England, with the system moving from NHS grants to student loans. The following briefings are aimed at staff in higher education, prospective students, staff in schools and colleges advising prospective students, and health and social care employers.  They set out some of the key elements of the new system based on our best information to date. These briefings have been updated now that the Government has published its response to the consultation on implementing the funding reforms.

The System Explained

All Change

University Funding

Student Funding Information

Information for Employers

Open Day Information (print version)

You can find additional information about the changes on our website The Funding Clinic.

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4 responses to “Health Education Funding in England from 2017/18”

  1. Diane Moore says:

    With only 2 English Universities offerring a degree in Orthoptics, all students on these courses have to travel and take up accommodation for their clinical placements. In addition they have to pay their local accommodation cost and then the placement accommodation on top of this. This will disadvantage less well off students and will result in a reduction in applications for training places, the knock on effect will be a reduction in the work force which is already difficult to recruit to.

  2. Jonathan Eames says:

    This has been flagged in the consultation on the implementation of the reforms and we will be urging the Government to make sure that students have their costs met under the new system.

  3. Joshua Monk says:

    I used to dream of being a nurse and always wanted to be one however now I don’t know as i don’t want to have to love my life knowing that I will have life crippling debt to pay off while basically working for the NHS as a student nurse, for Free from what i understand, student nurses are already struggling to get by why pile on LOANS instead of grants, student nurses work for the NHS during work placement, I may only be 16 but I have already written a 5000 word dissertation on a topic relevant to this and I can only describe it and appalling it is as if the government don’t want people to become nurses and I am now seriously reconsidering my career because of this. sorry for getting a little bit angry.

    • Jonathan Eames says:

      You probably shouldn’t think of it as life crippling debt but more as a graduate tax which you only have to pay for 30 years irrespective of the total amount owed. If you want an impartial view on the affordability of higher education have look at Martin Lewis’ website moneysavingexpert.com. The Government’s decision to switch from bursaries to loans is part of a wider question about adequate funding for health higher education courses and levels of Government spending.

      Regarding the placement, this is an integral part of the course without which it wouldn’t be possible to qualify as a nurse.