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Study to inform HEFCE’s allocation of funding to these courses

HEFCE has appointed consultants KPMG to conduct a costing study of the delivery of teaching nursing, midwifery and allied health courses.

The study will determine the costs for higher education institutions of delivering these courses. This will then inform HEFCE’s high-cost funding.

Placement funding currently paid by Health Education England to placement providers is not in the scope of this study.

Read more about HEFCE’s role in funding healthcare education.

Return data to the study

All providers of nursing, midwifery and allied health courses are invited to return data by 16 December 2016.

Data collection templates and guidance templates were sent to all providers of nursing, midwifery and allied health courses from 18 November.

Further guidance will be available through webinars on 21 and 23 November. KPMG will also provide individual guidance where needed.

Timescales for funding these courses

HEFCE will communicate with the sector in early 2017 to clarify whether interim funding measures will be in place for 2017-18. If this is the case, HEFCE will use the best information available for 2017-18.

Background to the study

HEFCE’s 2016-17 grant letter from the Government asks HEFCE to review its teaching funding, and as part of this review to take account of the Chancellor’s Spending Review announcement. This states that, from 1 August 2017, all new nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students will be on the standard student support system, with a teaching grant allocated to HEFCE to contribute to the additional teaching costs of any science-based subjects.

In HEFCE Circular letter 13/2016, published 26 May 2016, HEFCE committed to commissioning a costing study of the professions included in the reform.

Read the first response to the government’s consultation on the nursing, midwifery and allied health funding reform.