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Reforming healthcare education funding - consultation launched

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The Department of Health today launched its consultation on the implementation of the reform of funding for health students in England. 

The ​consultation, Reforming healthcare education funding: creating a sustainable future workforce, can be found on the consultation website. 

This important reform - which affects 100,000 students across 62 member institutions currently providing these courses - was first announced in last year's Spending Review to address the failure of the current system in respect of NHS workforce shortages, health student hardship and severe cost pressures on universities.

Universities UK will consult with members and sector partners including The Council of Deans of Health (CoDH) to produce our response. We will also be encouraging universities to submit their own institutional response. More details will be shared next week.
Professor Steve West VC of UWE and Chair of the UUK Health Education and Research Policy Network suggests: "It is critically important for the NHS, for health students and for universities that we work together to deliver the new system. In particular to communicate a clear and positive offer to those considering these careers and to collaborate with NHS employers on placements and career paths. I strongly urge members to engage with this consultation".

Details of the consultation are available at: 
The consultation will be open for 12 weeks. Universities UK and CoDH have indicated to the Minister for Care Quality that the information that universities need to provide to prospective students is time critical. The DH have assured us that the government response will be made before the Summer recess.​

Key Contacts

James Ransom

James Ransom

Policy Researcher
Universities UK

Greg Wade

Greg Wade

Policy Manager
Universities UK


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