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NHS: Training

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many applications for income-assessed NHS student bursaries were received in each of the last five years; how many applicants were successful; and how much was paid in such bursaries; (212849)

(2) how many applications were received for non-income assessed NHS student bursaries in each of the last five years; how many applicants were successful; and how much was paid in such bursaries.

The number of students for whom the NHS Student Bursaries Unit received and assessed an NHS bursary application form, the number of NHS bursary holders in training and the amount of NHS bursary paid for both income assessed bursaries and non-income assessed bursaries in each of the last five years is shown in the following table.

Academic year

Number of students for whom a NHS bursary award assessed

Number of NHS bursary holders in training

Amount of NHS bursary paid (£)

Income-assessed bursaries

2002-03

27,176

26,594

67,945,615

2003-04

31,044

30,293

79,974,536

2004-05

34,083

33,339

94,014,031

2005-06

37,197

36,272

113,840,537

2006-07

39,657

38,600

126,273,938

Non-income-assessed bursaries

2002-03

53,103

52,364

279,084,394

2003-04

54,999

54,175

293,778,507

2004-05

55,669

55,239

318,773,305

2005-06

56,001

55,322

334,132,328

2006-07

54,748

53,974

334,731,614

Notes:

Number of students for whom a NHS Bursary award assessed is shown rather than number of applications because:

1. Non-income-assessed award holders do not need to make an application for any other academic year other than the first academic year for their basic bursary entitlement, if the data showed the number of applications received, the number would be approximately one-third of the number of awards assessed which would inflate the figures when comparing with total amount of NHS bursary paid.

2. If an application is received and returned for more information, NHS Student Bursaries do not hold the data on the number received and returned.

3. If an application is received, and rejected on residency eligibility grounds, NHS Student Bursaries receive the application, but do not assess their entitlement as they are rejected before that assessment is made.

4. If an application is received, but NHS Student Bursaries need more information to determine if they are eligible on residency grounds, they have received that application, but do not assess their entitlement information until the student provides the additional information.

Source:

National Health Service Business Services Authority Student Bursaries Unit