All UK nursing students enrolled on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year towards living costs which they will not need to pay back, the Government has announced this week
The funding will be allocated to all new, and continuing, degree-level nursing, midwifery and allied health students. It is expected to benefit more than 35,000 students every year.
In addition, up to £3,000 further funding will be available for eligible students, for:
specialist disciplines that struggle to recruit, including mental health nursing;
an additional childcare allowance, on top of the £1,000 already on offer;
areas of the country which have seen a decrease in people accepted onto some nursing, midwifery and allied health courses over the past year.
Students claiming the bursary will also be able to continue to access funding for tuition and maintenance loans from the Student Loans Company.
Responding to the news, Warren Turner, Dean of LSBU’s School of Health and Social Care, said: “Today’s announcement of the return of NHS bursaries to support students undertaking nursing degree courses is very welcome.
Those of us working to support these students have seen an increase in financial hardship since the withdrawal of the former bursary, and a significant decline in mature students applying for these courses.
As we enter the International Year of the Nurse, financial support for nursing students is a great way to recognise the vital role that nurses play in our communities. I look forward to receiving greater clarity on how bursaries will be awarded and reassurance that bursaries will also be available to support midwifery and allied health students (occupational therapists, physiotherapists, radiographers, podiatrists, dieticians, operating department practitioners), who have all been affected by the loss of the previous NHS bursary and who also play vital roles within the NHS.”
Read more about the government’s reinstatement of the nursing bursary here.