New figures out today show that there has been a huge increase in the number of new student nurses accepted onto courses in the two weeks since A-Level results.
The increase follows an appeal by England’s chief nursing officer for more people of all ages to join the healthcare profession.
UCAS figures show that there are 4,360 more nursing students placed onto courses in England this year than at the same point in 2019 – a 22% increase.
In total 24,330 students have been placed, compared to 19,970 last year, and the increase in England has outpaced other parts of the UK.
With the window still open for students to sign up and places still available through clearing, the NHS estimates that over 5,000 more people could be accepted onto courses this year than last.
Chief Nursing Officer for England, Ruth May, said: “The news that there has been a 22% increase in applications for nursing degrees is a testament to the inspiring work of NHS staff throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and ensures that our workforce will continue to go from strength to strength.
“The NHS will always need compassionate, talented and expert individuals, whether you are straight out of school or looking to find a more rewarding career later on in life.
“Places are filling up fast but courses are still available across the country through clearing, so I would urge people to consider joining the thousands of people who have already applied for nursing or midwifery degrees.
“Your NHS still needs you, so search ‘Nursing Careers’ today.”
It was also announced this week that there has been a 50% increase in funding for clinical placements across the country. £8.2million will create an additional 7,000 placements for student nurses and midwives, while £5.8million will be earmarked for allied health professionals in training.
From September, all nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students will receive a £5,000 government bursary, with an extra £3,000 available for individuals with additional caring needs.