Health educators have welcomed Health Education England’s announcement that it will invest £15m in boosting clinical placement capacity in 2020/21.
Dr Katerina Kolyva, Executive Director of the Council of Deans of Health, said:
“It is fantastic news that additional funding has been found to support placement capacity this year. The funding will help universities confidently recruit new students onto healthcare courses and provide placement opportunities to existing students, some of whom need to catch up on the clinical component of their studies after courses were disrupted by Covid-19 earlier this year.
“The Council is working with Government and arm’s length bodies in England to expand healthcare education capacity. Placements are one important part of the solution. We look forward to seeing how this funding is used locally to support innovation, infrastructure and technology”.
The Department of Education has already announced plans to increase teaching grant funding to support the extra students entering university this year. The Council has welcomed the recognition of the high cost nature of healthcare courses and will be engaging with the Office for Students on how this increase should be implemented.