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Healthcare Education Funding Plans

The government has set out its plan to manage healthcare courses obtainable for all after a consultation on reforms to the Healthcare Education Funding for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional (AHP) students in England.

For university sector, the reforms are significant which affect more than 30,000 students at over 60 member universities. If reform is effectively implemented then it can provide chance to address enduring clinical workforce shortage via a supportable and flexible education and training system.

Following action is planned by the government to support Nursing, Midwifery and AHP students to complete their courses and enter the future health workforce of England.

Funding for childcare costs

For students with child reliant, there will be an extra compensation of £1,000 every year to reflect that students starting clinical placement may have superior childcare expenses than wider student population.

Travel and double accommodation

Healthcare students will get £303 from Department of Health that they would have to return straightforward as additional liable for student payment on student loans system. The government will cover students who have to pay cost for secondary accommodation whereas joining clinical placements if the situation for educational arrangement and value for money is presented. 

Postgraduate students

Postgraduate students starting in 2017/18 will meet a full bursary for tuition and maintenance of the course. This will be a provisional prearrangement to assured the longer-term workforce supply and the intension is to ultimately fit standard student-funding model.

Exceptional hardship

In cases of exceptional hardship, Department of Health will work with specialist such as RCN to deliver the bursary payments to students who meet eligibility requirements.

Dental hygiene and dental therapy

The government will fund a capped number for dental therapy and dental hygiene students on the 2017/18 followers on similar, non-repayable terms as in existing system until a long-term funding solution is generated for these subjects.

Second undergraduate degrees

Students will be able to access the same standard student support system like in a first degree if they are planning to undertake Nursing, Midwifery and AHP as their second degree subjects.

Philip Dunne, Minister of State at the Department of Health said that government have listened to response from consultation and as a result they are providing additional funding to help cover extra payments like travel and added provision for students with children. To take all this onward, Department of Health will work with RCN, hospitals and other partners.

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