Latest LSBU Health Debate scrutinises proposed changes to student nurse funding
07 January 2016
London South Bank University (LSBU) recently
held a lively debate about nursing funding and places, a week before Paul
Scully MP leads a debate in Parliament on the subject.
At the heart of the debate, co-hosted by
LSBU’s School of Health and Social Care and WeNurses, was the question of
whether removing both restrictions on the number of nursing student places and also
NHS-funded bursaries and fees for nursing students would increase the supply of
registered nurses in the UK.
Arguing in favour of the proposed changes
were Elisabeth Jelfs, Director, Council of Deans, and Charlotte Johnson,
Newly Qualified Nurse, Papworth Hospital NHSFT, who expressed how changes to
the way student nurses were funded and recruited could help to widen access,
improve attrition rates and provide better funding options for a range of students.
In response, Robert Waterson, a Newly Qualified
Staff Nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and LSBU graduate, and Serena Ruffoni, a current LSBU nursing student, argued that increased debt levels could
deter many potential nurses from entering the healthcare profession, affecting mature students in
The debate was chaired by Professor
Becky Malby, Professor of Health Systems Innovation at LSBU, who took questions
from the floor after panellists had spoken. The debate continued online
with a real-time Twitter chat under the hashtag #WeNurses.
LSBU is one of the largest providers
of clinical education for allied health and related professions in the UK. The LSBU
Health Debates create a space where important and contentious topics can be
discussed intelligently, critically and openly. The idea is not necessarily to
seek solutions but to engage as many people as possible in an objective and