For the second year running, data has shown record numbers of students accepted places to study nursing and midwifery in England

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According to data on university admissions published by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, record numbers of students accepted places to study nursing and midwifery in England this year.

The final figures from this year’s admission cycle show 30,185 acceptances, an increase of 445 compared with 2020, making this year the highest combined total acceptances for nursing and midwifery since these statistics were first recorded.

In September 2020, the Government introduced training grants for eligible nursing, midwifery, and many allied health profession students of at least £5000 a year, which do not need to be paid back. Additional payments of up to £3000 a year are available for students studying certain specialisms and to help with childcare.

The Government is also investing hundreds of millions of pounds in additional funding for the NHS workforce, which will help train some of the biggest undergraduate intakes of medical students and nurses.

Professor Mark Radford, Chief Nurse, Health Education England, said:

‘Reaching 30,000 acceptances onto nursing courses is a major milestone and I’m delighted to see last year’s huge increase has been maintained.

‘It has been another tough year for the NHS, but we have continued to work extremely hard to attract a diverse range of people to this rewarding career.

‘The pandemic has shone a spotlight on the vital contributions of our nurses, and I am hugely proud of their commitment in these challenging times.’


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