The Department of Health held a public consultation regarding changes to student funding in England. The document consulted on the Government’s plans to withdraw the NHS bursary for nursing, midwifery and allied health students and move students to the same student loans system as other students.

The RCSLT has worked closely with staff in higher-education institutions on our consultation response and has used the findings of our student survey and direct member feedback to inform our policy position on the reforms.

Due to the overwhelming response we've received from members on this issue, we've produced three documents:

The RCSLT is continuing to engage with key external stakeholders regarding implementation of the reforms. We are engaged with staff at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). This is a non-departmental public body which funds and regulates universities and colleges in England. It will be responsible for providing additional teaching grants (extra financial support) to nursing, midwifery and allied health profession courses.

We are preparing for an upcoming HEFCE consultation regarding the HEFCE teaching grant and price groupings for different subjects. We'll be working in partnership with staff who work in higher-education institutions on this topic.