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Universities UK welcomes healthcare education funding plans

25 July 2016

Universities UK has welcomed the government's plans for changing healthcare education funding in England.

Following a consultation on reforms to the education funding for nursing, midwifery and allied health professional (AHP) students, the government has set out its plans in the response Reforming healthcare education funding: creating a sustainable future workforce.

Universities UK has welcomed the Government's willingness to work with the sector to address concerns and also the speed of the response, which enables universities and prospective health students to be ready for the 2017/18 academic year.

The reforms are significant for the university sector, affecting more than 30,000 students at over 60 member universities. Successfully implemented, they should provide the opportunity to address chronic clinical workforce shortages via a sustainable and flexible education and training system.

Professor Steve West, Chair of Universities UK's Health Education and Research Policy Network, said: "In particular, we welcome the concessions that the Government has made for healthcare students, and its commitment to ensure that students from a wide range of backgrounds continue to apply, enrol and succeed on these programmes.

"Universities UK has consistently made the case for robust and effective engagement between the government departments, NHS bodies, students and universities on the development of these reforms. Continued engagement is necessary for these reforms to succeed."



  1. ​​The government's proposals are outlined in the response and is available to download on the Department of Health website. The government's response will come in two parts. This first announcement sets out the offer for students and institutions. It will be followed by policy on system architecture, including placements, and more detail on market interventions to protect access and secure smaller specialised subjects.​

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Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

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Universities UK

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Clara Plackett

Press and Social Media Officer
Universities UK


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