Universities welcome confirmation of additional teaching funds for healthcare courses

4 March 2016

The Council of Deans of Health has welcomed confirmation that extra grant funding will be transferred to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) from 2017/18 for the additional costs of teaching nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions, whilst highlighting the work still required to ensure a successful transition to the new system in England. Confirmation came today from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in its annual grant letter to HEFCE.

Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Chair of the Council, representing UK university faculties engaged in education and research for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions, said:

“We welcome confirmation that funding to support the higher costs of these subjects will be transferred to HEFCE. We will be working across the sector and with the professional bodies to ensure that there is full recognition within the teaching grant allocation of the science base of all these courses, both now and as they are developed in the future, and that this reflects the costs of delivery within higher education.”

The letter also asks HEFCE to work with universities and Health Education England to ensure the availability of quality clinical placements and highlights the need for particular work to ensure the sustainability of the smaller professions.

Professor Corner said:

“Uncertainty over the allocation of placement funding and support to grow placement capacity is a primary risk to the success of the reforms. We need all parts of the system to work together quickly to design a model that retains sufficient stability whilst giving universities and employers flexible capacity to grow student numbers.”

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Notes to editors:

  1. The Council of Deans of Health is the voice of the deans and heads of UK university faculties for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. For further information: www.councilofdeans.org.uk.
  2. HEFCE’s 2016/17 grant letter can be found here: Funding for higher education in England for 2016-17: HEFCE grant letter from BIS
  3. For more information on this press release, please contact Jon Eames on 07496 693806 or email jonathan.eames@cod-health.ac.uk.
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