Health academics call for engagement with funding reform consultation

7 April 2016

Sector leaders have called on universities and other stakeholders to engage in the consultation on education funding changes in England for a range of health courses from 2017/18, launched today by the Department of Health.

The consultation, Reforming healthcare education funding: creating a sustainable future workforce, poses a wide range of questions relating to the implementation of the funding changes to nursing, midwifery and allied health profession courses in England, first announced as part of the Government’s comprehensive spending review in November 2015.

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

“Getting the detail right before implementation will be critical if the funding changes are going to work for students, universities and ultimately for health and social care.  We know that there are particular issues that need to be addressed as part of this consultation, including securing placement funding and capacity and ensuring that student participation levels and course viability are preserved.”

The Council of Deans of Health and Universities UK have given initial backing to Government plans to increase health professional student numbers by up to 10,000 this parliament, subject to careful implementation for stable transition to the new system.

Professor Corner said:

“Over the next few months the Council will be consulting widely with its members to inform its response to this consultation.  We will be urging all course providers to engage in this process to ensure a comprehensive response from across the sector.”

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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: councilofdeans.org.uk.
  2. Details of the consultation can be found here.
  3. For more information on this press release, please contact Jon Eames on 07496 693806.
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