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From 1 August 2017, new nursing, midwifery and most allied health students will no longer receive NHS bursaries. Instead, they will have access to the same student loans system as other students. This applies to new students on pre-registration courses (those which lead to registration with one of the health professional regulators). All nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning and disability) midwifery, and several allied health professional courses will be affected. The new arrangements also apply to students planning to take these courses as a second qualification.
During consultation on the changes, some concerns were raised by employers that the removal of financial support could have a negative impact on the diversity of the workforce, by deterring certain groups of prospective students who could not take on debt to study. As a result, several additional elements of support were announced. Funds will be made accessible for those eligible for extra support to travel to and from clinical placements, for those with dependent children, and those facing severe hardship.
Find out more about the changes on the gov.uk website.
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