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Health Professions: Training

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what benchmark cost his Department uses for the training of a (a) midwife, (b) health visitor and (c) nurse. (269211)

The national benchmark price for pre-registration training for both degree and diploma nursing students in the financial year 2008-09 was £7,273 outside London, and the average benchmark price for London was £7,746.

The national benchmark price for pre-registration training for both degree and diploma midwifery students in the financial year 2008-09 was £8,363 outside London, and the average benchmark price for London was £8,907.

There is no current benchmark cost for a health visitor as these are post-registration courses and the benchmark prices only apply to pre-registration courses.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average cost of (a) tuition, (b) bursary, (c) salary support and (d) other training costs for a (i) doctor, (ii) nurse, (iii) midwife and (iv) health visitor between entry onto a degree or diploma course and full registration in the latest period for which figures are available. (269214)

The average cost of tuition, bursary, salary support and other training costs for a doctor, nurse and midwife between entry onto a degree or diploma course and full registration are shown in the following table. Information for health visitors is not held centrally.

£

Course

Level of qualification

NHS bursary

Tuition fees1

Salary support2

Other training costs3

Medicine

Degree

1,865

60,283

30,000

135,000

Nursing

Degree

12,309

22,530

Nursing

Diploma

19,467

22,530

44,325

Midwifery

Degree

15,555

25,905

Midwifery

Diploma

21,492

25,905

44,325

1 For students studying medicine, for whom there is currently no commissioning strategic health authority, a students liability of £1,255 (standard rate) is met by the NHS Student Bursary Unit. All costs have been based on a five-year course and include the university tuition costs met by the Higher Funding Council for England.

2 Salary support for nurses and midwives is an alternative to a bursary and applies only to seconded trainees from trusts.

3 For doctors in training the other training costs relate to payments of Service Increment for Teaching paid to the trusts to support infrastructure costs and the costs of the doctors training the students. Costs of student loans provided by the Department for Innovation Universities and Skills have been excluded.

Sources:

NHS Student Bursaries Unit database 2007-08, Multi Professional Education and Training Budget 2007-08 and 2008-09, Higher Education Funding Council for England 2007-08