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Changes to how undergraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health courses are funded

For 2017-18, students starting undergraduate courses that on successful completion lead to first registration as a professional in nursing, midwifery and certain allied health professions (pre-registration courses) will be supported through the higher education finance system.

HEFCE-funded HEIs will receive £32 million to support these courses in 2017-18 for the first entry cohort of students under the new finance arrangements.

Costing study of nursing, midwifery and allied health

In order to inform funding allocations, HEFCE commissioned KPMG to carry out a study into how much it costs to run nursing, midwifery and allied health courses (NMAH).

All HE providers of NMAH were invited to participate in the data collection exercise. KPMG was able to use data from 43 providers, offering the breadth of coverage necessary to deliver reliable outcomes.

The report deals with all disciplines in scope except dental hygiene and dental therapy. There will be no change to these courses' funding in 2017-18. Dental hygiene and dental therapy delivery costs will be analysed in an addendum to the report.

Read the costing study of nursing, midwifery and allied health

Funding for 2017-18

From 2017-18, the majority of the income providers will get for undergraduate NMAH courses will come from student fees. HEFCE will support providers through high cost funding and other targeted allocations.

The main sources of funding for NMAH are summarised below.

High cost funding

Pre-registration courses in nursing (all specialisms) will be assigned to price group C1.

Pre-registration courses in midwifery and other allied health professions that are subject to the transfer of funding responsibility for 2017‑18 will be assigned to price group B.

Transitional funding for 2017-18

Transitional supplementary targeted teaching allocation will be provided to support the sustainability of certain NMAH professions.

This will be calculated using the following rates per full-time equivalent student:

  • £200 for adult nursing, mental health nursing, unclassified nursing, and speech and language therapy
  • £400 for child nursing and learning disability nursing
  • £1,200 for therapeutic and diagnostic radiography and podiatry
  • £3,500 for orthotics and prosthetics, and orthoptics.

No transitional supplement allocation is being provided for operating department practice, dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and midwifery.

Targeted allocations (London weighting and student premium)

From 2017-18, HEFCE’s calculations relating to London weighting and student premium will include nursing, midwifery and allied health students.

2017 funding letters to providers will specify the amount relating to nursing, midwifery and allied health students within their overall targeted allocations.

Strategic investment funding

£1 million has been set aside for national initiatives that support demand and improve retention to enhance the sustainability of small, specialist and vulnerable pre-registration courses. We expect this funding to continue each year to 2019-20.

See more detail on how HEFCE will support these courses

Page last updated 13 April 2017