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HEE COVID-19 student data collections to support paid placement deployment

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, both the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) are offering revised education programmes for nursing, midwifery and allied health profession students. As a part of these revised programmes, selected students are able to opt-in to undertake paid-placements/work opportunities that allow students to remain on their programme while undertaking paid work to support the NHS at this crucial time.

HEE has asked all universities that offer nursing, midwifery or allied health profession courses to contact their eligible students to enquire whether they would like to undertake the revised programme and therefore ‘opt-in’ to a paid-placement/work opportunity.

Details of students who choose to opt-in will be reported to HEE by universities through two new data collection tools, and through ‘Regional Workforce Cells’ HEE will support HEIs in placing those students with NHS provider organisations such as hospitals.

Students Opting In

Health Education England can confirm that as of Friday 29th May the number of students that have opted to and are eligible to take up a paid-placement/work opportunity are as follows:

Student Nurses and Student Midwives - 26,355*

Allied Health Professional Students (AHP) - 6,442*

*figures provided by 63 out of 63 universities

*figures provided by 61 out of 68 universities - please note not all universities provide all AHP courses 

The Data Collections

The data collection tools are modelled on the HEE Student Data Collection Tool, which HEE uses to gather information on students as part of its normal day to day business and are hosted as part of HEE’s eCollection portal. The Nursing and Midwifery Tool (first available from the 24th March and expanded on the 2nd April) and the AHP Tool (launched on the 8th April) can both be accessed here.

Through these tools, HEE is collecting data related to:

  • All postgraduate pre-registration nursing students (including those on programmes such as District Nurse Specialist Practice and Specialist Community Public Health Nursing);
  • Second and third year undergraduate nursing students (of all disciplines);
  • All postgraduate pre-registration midwifery students;
  • Second and third year undergraduate midwifery students;
  • Selected undergraduate and postgraduate (pre-registration) allied health profession students.

The types of data needed include:

  • Information on the students – their information, their eligibility, their decision – to opt-in to the revised programme offer;
  • Details of student preferences for deployment;
  • Key recruitment details (e.g. National Insurance Numbers to link to the NHS Electronic Service Record).

Frequently Asked Questions

A Frequently Asked Questions document to aid universities/HEIs to conduct the collections can be accessed here.


For nursing and midwifery

  • Guidance on student options can be found here.
  • A joint letter from Mark Radford and Ruth May to nursing and midwifery students can be found here.

For allied health professions

  • Guidance on student options can be found here.
  • A joint letter from Beverley Harden and Suzanne Rastrick to allied health profession students can be found here.

For undergraduate pharmacy students

A similar data collection has been created to facilitate undergraduate pharmacy students to support the NHS at this time. The terms of offer to students is different to that for nursing, midwifery and AHP students. Further information for undergraduate pharmacy students can be found here; access to the pharmacy student COVID-19 deployment survey can be found here.