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NHS: Training

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to have replaced the Medical Professional Education and Training budget with a tariff-based system, as referred to on page 74 of High Quality Care for All, Cm 7432; whether the change to a tariff-based system will entail a change to a ring-fenced workforce training budget; whether the new budget will be held (a) centrally and (b) locally; and if he will make a statement. (221052)

Work is in progress to develop a robust and equitable allocation methodology for future administration and use of the Multi Professional Education and Training (MPET) budget, including developing a tariff based system where funding follows the trainee.

Decisions on future arrangements for the funding of national health service education and training activity will be made in the light of this work.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to introduce the Leadership for Quality Certificate, as referred to on page 66 of High Quality Care for All, Cm 7432; which organisation he expects will design the requirements of the Leadership for Quality Certificate; what the cost to the public purse of developing the Leadership for Quality Certificate will be; and how much it will cost for NHS staff to train for a (a) level 1, (b) level 2 and (c) level 3 of the Leadership for Quality Certificate. (221061)

We are in the early stages of developing this work. Further information will be available in due course.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS bursaries were available in each of the last 11 years; for which courses NHS bursaries were provided; what the total cost was in each year; what the average bursary was; and what the (a) mean, (b) median and (c) range of bursaries was (i) in financial terms and (ii) as a percentage of estimated tuition and living costs. (221386)

Information on the number of students for whom a NHS bursary award was assessed, the number of NHS funded students, the amount of NHS bursary paid, the average amount of NHS bursary paid and the median bursary paid for income assessed bursaries and non income assessed bursaries in each of the last 10 years is shown in the following table.

NHS funded students on pre registration health professional coursesAcademic yearNumber of students for whom a NHS bursary award assessed1Number of NHS funded students2Amount of bursary paid3 (£)Average bursary paid (£)Median bursary paid (£)Income assessed awards41997-9857,9577,88814,532,0401,8421,9891998-99511,26510,60020,258,7271,9111,9611999-200014,30013,58728,789,0172,1192,1002000-0117,31416,62938,728,4092,3292,2252001-0221,43920,39851,211,9172,5112,4082002-0327,17626,59467,945,6152,5552,4262003-0431,04430,29379,974,5362,6402,5552004-0534,08333,33994,014,0312,8202,6412005-0637,19736,272113,840,5373,1392,845 2006-0739,65738,600126,273,9383,2712,935Non-income assessed awards61997-985n/an/an/an/an/a1998-995n/an/an/an/an/a1999-200016,26715,92665,678,8604,1244,7412000-0130,89630,333143,056,6654,7164,8602001-0245,47844,715240,556,2555,3805,448 2002-0353,10352,364279,084,3945,3305,4872003-0454,99954,175293,778,5075,4235,6172004-0555,66955,239318,773,3055,7715,7502005-0656,00155,322334,132,3286,0405,8922006-0754,74853,974334,731,6146,2026,038 1 The number of students for whom a NHS Bursary award assessed is shown rather than number of applications because: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.If an application is received and returned for more information, NHS Student Bursaries do not hold the data on the number received and returned.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.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.2 Includes students in receipt of a Nil Bursary Award but whose tuition fee contributions are met by the NHS.3 Includes Basic Award and Allowances and all one-off payments4 Applicable to students on all health professional courses other than a diploma in higher education (DipHE) Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practitioner.5 For these years Bursaries were administered by the Higher Education Institutions6 Applicable to students on DipHE Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practitioner courses.Notes:1998-99—the first academic year the NHS Bursary Scheme was extended to cover courses leading to professional registration as a dietician, chiropodist, prosthetist and orthotist, speech and language therapist.1998-99—the first academic year BSA Student Bursaries became responsible for the payment of Practice Placement Expenses.1999-2000—the first year the NHS Student Bursaries unit became responsible for the administration of bursaries to new DipHE Nursing and Midwifery students. (Please see footnote 5 to the table explaining that HEI’s were responsible for the processing of bursaries for earlier years).2002-03—the first year the NHS Bursary Scheme was extended to cover courses leading to professional registration as a doctor, dentist, audiologist or operating department practitioner.2005-06—the first academic year BSA Student Bursaries holds data on the amount of tuition fee contributions paid in respect of medical and dental students to Higher Education Institutions.Source:National Health Service Business Services Authority Student Bursaries Unit

Information prior to 1998-99 is not available.

The range of basic bursary rates for new degree level students (based on courses of 30 weeks) and for new diploma level students, in 2006-07 is shown in the following table.

£

Basic bursary rate 2006-07

If students are studying:

Degree (income assessed)

Diploma (non income assessed)

In London and living in student accommodation or their own home

0-2,908

7,030

Elsewhere in the UK and living in student accommodation in their own home

0-2,367

5,983

Anywhere in the UK (including London) and living with their parents

0-1,936

5,983

Source:

Financial Help for New Healthcare Students 2006-07

The courses for which NHS bursaries are provided is shown in the following table.

Course type

Bursary category

Nursing—DipHE Level (all branches)

Non-income Assessed

Nursing—Accelerated and Post-Graduate Diploma

Non-income Assessed

Operating Department Practitioner

Non-income Assessed

Audiology

Income Assessed

Chiropody/Podiatry

Income Assessed

Dental Hygiene (including postgraduate diploma level)

Income Assessed

Dental Therapy (including postgraduate diploma level)

Income Assessed

Midwifery—BSc Level

Income Assessed

Nursing—BN/BA/BSc Level

Income Assessed

Occupational Therapy (including postgraduate diploma level)

Income Assessed

Orthoptics

Income Assessed

Physiotherapy (including postgraduate diploma level)

Income Assessed

Prosthetics and Orthotics

Income Assessed

Radiography and Radiotherapy (including postgraduate diploma level)

Income Assessed

Speech and Language Therapy (including postgraduate diploma level)

Income Assessed

Medicine—undergraduate (in fifth and subsequent years) and graduate entry (in years two to four)

Income Assessed

Dentistry—undergraduate (in fifth and subsequent years)

Income Assessed

Source:

National Health Service Business Services Authority Student Bursaries Unit

The purpose of the NHS Bursary award is to support students with their day-to-day living costs. Those students who are eligible for NHS bursaries do not normally need to fund their own tuition fees as these are paid by the NHS through the Multi Professional Education and Training budget.