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."