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HEE Chief Nurse welcomes funding boost for nursing students

18 December 2019

Nursing students are set to benefit from guaranteed, additional support of at least £5,000 per year to help with living costs, the Prime Minister has confirmed today.

The new universal offer will be offered to all new and continuing degree-level nursing, midwifery and many allied health students, starting from September 2020.

Mark Radford, Chief Nurse, Health Education England, and Deputy CNO said:

“Health Education England welcomes the news of this additional funding for nursing students. This is a clear commitment to increasing this NHS workforce in these vital areas and means we should be seeing an increase in people who wish to consider applying for these fulfilling and rewarding careers. This is one of the key interventions we will be taking alongside retention, course attrition, return to practice for the People Plan. We also need to do more to highlight the attractiveness and flexibility of nursing and midwifery careers that will in turn deliver safe and effective care to patients.

“We continue to work with NHS England teamCNO and the HEI sector on the joint #WeAreTheNHS campaign working together focused on the UCAS application deadline in January to encourage more applications to a fantastic career.”