Beyond the bursary: workforce supply
This report details modelling undertaken by London Economics, which demonstrates the level of funding required to increase the number of applicants to the nursing degree. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health unions call on Matt Hancock to recognise student contribution and abolish tuition fees
Four leading unions have called on the Health Secretary to recognise the significant contribution by – and disruption to – nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare students during the current crisis by abolishing tuition fees and reimbursing those already paid. The Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing, UNISON and the National Union of Students (NUS) have today (6 May) written to Matt Hancock asking him to “acknowledge students’ selfless service, not only with words, but in a tangible and quantifiable way”. They are asking that he: reimburse tuition fees or forgive current d...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 6, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus nursing nursing students tuition fees Source Type: news

Sustained funding for nursing and NHS needed in Budget, says UNISON
This report also highlights the needless barriers in the way of solving the nursing shortage. “Less than a third of the apprenticeship levy paid by NHS trusts is being spent. The government must change the restrictive rules to allow it to be spent effectively. “Ministers must also drop the health surcharge on overseas nurses to make it easier to recruit and retain staff from other countries.” Notes to editors – UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service a...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 5, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus NHS staffing nursing nursing apprenticeships nursing bursaries Stuart Tuckwood Source Type: news

We are now accepting applications for Cochrane stipends for #CochraneToronto
A number of stipends and bursaries are available to help consumers and other attendees based in developing countries to attend Cochrane Colloquium Toronto 2020. This is our 27th annual flagship event and this year it will take place atThe Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, Canada, 4-7 October 2020.Stipends and bursaries represent funding you can apply for, if you are eligible, that are intended to help cover registration and other expenses associated with attending the 2020 Colloquium.Cochrane is providing stipends for:Cochrane Consumersindividuals living in low-lower-middle, (LMIC) and upper-middle-income countries (UMIC)T...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - February 26, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Government ‘proved wrong’ as nursing drop-outs stable
The drop-out rate for nursing students did not fall in the first year of the nursing bursary being replaced with a loan system, according to new official data. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nursing students to receive £5,000 to £8,000 grant
The grant is to encourage nursing course applications which have fallen since the nursing bursary was axed in 2017 Related items fromOnMedica Home Office woes Junior doctors report widespread ‘burn out,’ survey shows NHS hugely dependent on workers from overseas NHS reliant on doctors working ‘goodwill’ hours GPs to consult via social media and take on more roles (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 20, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Grant reversal not enough on its own to boost student nursing numbers
The decision to reintroduce the maintenance grant to student nurses is a good first step, but the government must now go further and abolish tuition fees, says UNISON. The reintroduction of an annual maintenance grant only partly lifts the crippling financial burden on NHS students. Axing the bursary three years ago was a huge mistake and one that student nurses are still paying for, UNISON says. Despite the rapidly growing demand for nurses – with record numbers of vacancies across the NHS – applications to study for nursing degrees are still lower than in 2016 when the bursary was removed. Nearly one in ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 18, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Article Press release NHS nursing Sara Gorton Source Type: news

NHS staff shortages increase
Latest figures show that there are now 106,000 vacancies across the NHS in England, including over 44,000 vacancies in nursing. This marks an increase from one year ago. Beneath this staffing crisis is a chronic lack of government funding, particularly the scrapping of training bursaries. The result is that health workers are working over a million hours a week of unpaid overtime to help the NHS cope with rising demand for care. UNISON health officer Guy Collis said: “A decade of Tory underfunding has left our NHS struggling to cope and this is having a damaging impact on its devoted workforce. “Ongoing underst...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 2, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article NHS NHS funding NHS funding cuts staffing Source Type: news

NHS staff shortages increase
Latest figures show that there are now 106,000 vacancies across the NHS in England, including over 44,000 vacancies in nursing. This marks an increase from one year ago. Beneath this staffing crisis is a chronic lack of government funding, particularly the scrapping of training bursaries. The result is that health workers are working over a million hours a week of unpaid overtime to help the NHS cope with rising demand for care. UNISON health officer Guy Collis said: “A decade of Tory underfunding has left our NHS struggling to cope and this is having a damaging impact on its devoted workforce. “Ongoing underst...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 2, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: News health care NHS NHS funding NHS funding cuts safe staffing Source Type: news

Government must abolish tuition fees for all health trainees, says UNISON
Commenting today (Monday) on the Conservative Party’s general election pledges on nurse recruitment, a nursing student grant and hospital parking, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The Tories’ disastrous decision to axe the NHS bursary has made it impossible for many potential nurses to train. Applications have fallen off a cliff, recruitment has been undermined, and safety on wards threatened since its abolition. “The bare minimum any government should do is improve financial support for nurses. Every healthcare student should be offered grants, and tuition fees scrapped. “Conservative...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 25, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release bursary hospital parking tuition fees Source Type: news

Tories are offering nothing new
  Commenting on the launch of the Conservative Party general election manifesto today (Sunday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Boris Johnson is offering nothing new to the British people – just more of the same. Public services would remain critically underfunded if the Conservatives win on 12 December. “No one should be fooled by the promises for the NHS and public sector. For the past nine years the Tories have slashed funding and let services slide. “Now they are trumpeting a reversal of their own bungled policy of scrapping the nursing bursary – a problem of their own ma...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 24, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release dave prentis general election 2019 student nurses Source Type: news

Labour rescue plan gives NHS hope, says UNISON
Commenting on the announcement today (Tuesday) that Labour plans to give the NHS £26bn in real-terms funding, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This rescue plan can’t come soon enough and will give hope to health service employees and patients across the UK. “It takes the NHS back to the time before heartless Tory cuts. Chronic underfunding has left hospitals bracing themselves for a winter crisis, without the staff and resources it desperately needs. “The health service would be revitalised by this major cash boost to our most cherished national institution. “Bringing back th...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 12, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release labour NHS spending Source Type: news

NHS is ‘unsafe’ in hands of Conservatives, says UNISON
Commenting today (Monday) on data published by Labour revealing huge increase in cancelled operations, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “These figures prove the Conservatives don’t care about the NHS. They’ve starved our cherished institution of cash, undermined its very foundations and plunged it into crisis. “Even health bosses say they can’t go on like this, robbed of resources and with employees under intense pressure. It’s heartbreaking for staff to have to tell patients they won’t get the hip replacement or eye operation they desperately need. “Government pol...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release cancelled operations NHS Source Type: news

NHS is ‘unsafe’ in hands of Conservatives
Commenting today (Monday) on data published by Labour revealing huge increase in cancelled operations, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “These figures prove the Conservatives don’t care about the NHS. They’ve starved our cherished institution of cash, undermined its very foundations and plunged it into crisis. “Even health bosses say they can’t go on like this, robbed of resources and with employees under intense pressure. It’s heartbreaking for staff to have to tell patients they won’t get the hip replacement or eye operation they desperately need. “Government pol...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release cancelled operations NHS Source Type: news

UNISON celebrates the Amos Bursary
UNISON was the proud host of the Amos Bursary’s 10 year celebrations last Friday. The Amos Bursary, a UNISON partner, supports young black men to reach their full potential through mentoring, sponsoring and advocacy. Assistant General Secretary Roger McKenzie said: “I’m happy that UNISON is able to support the Amos Bursary. I want young black men and women to see the trade union movement as something for them. Not to just join, but to be leaders of.” Founded by Colleen and Baroness Valerie Amos in 2009 after their parents died, the Amos Bursary supports talented students from challenging e...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 29, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article black members young members Source Type: news

Ministers 'considering' financial incentives to boost nursing
NHS leaders say they would welcome the reintroduction of bursaries for nursing and other students Related items fromOnMedica Chancellor disappoints nurses and GPs Better support and development for SAS doctors NHS failing to incentivise consultant performance Paediatrician shortfall jeopardising child health services Doctors bear burden of Government ’s financial failure (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 27, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The Ward Round: The big bursary U-turn
Staffing is the issue keeping NHS leaders awake at night – and which consumes two-thirds of trusts’ spending. The fortnightly The Ward Round newsletter, by HSJ workforce correspondent Annabelle Collins, will make sure you are tuned in to the daily pressures on staff, and the wider trends and policies shaping ... (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 26, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Half of student midwives might quit courses over money worries
Government must give back student midwives ’ bursaries to help tackle huge shortage of midwives, warns RCM Related items fromOnMedica Nearly £100m spent on temp staffing for midwifery Staff survey results ‘alarming’, say health leaders Primary Care Home has positive impact on care and services BMA calls for maximum number of patients per GP Paediatrician shortfall jeopardising child health services (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 24, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New student nurse numbers 'nowhere near enough'
The number of new students accepted onto nursing undergraduate degree courses in England are down by more than 1,300 since the bursary was scrapped in 2016, according to figures published today. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Welsh government urged to end student nurse bursary 'uncertainty'
Uncertainty about the future of the nursing bursary in Wales has left potential students “confused and disheartened”, according to the Royal College of Nursing, which has urged the government to commit to providing financial support as part of a new workforce plan. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 31, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

HSJ Weekly Catch Up: Talks of mergers, bursaries and line-drawing
Your essential update on health for the week. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 19, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Legacy of late health visitor to fund specialist training bursaries
Money left in the will of a former nurse to improve healthcare in Birmingham will allow 10 health visitors to access specialist training in how best to support families who experience a multiple birth. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Simon Stevens' shock bursary comments show loans 'not working'
The chief executive of a leading health think tank has welcomed recent surprise comments by NHS England boss Simon Stevens around student nurse funding as recognition that the current loans system is not working.   (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Stevens: Nursing bursary question ‘clearly back in play’
Simon Stevens has said the debate over reintroducing a nursing bursary is “back in play” because the NHS needs a bigger pipeline of newly qualified nurses. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 15, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Student nurse applications rising but still down 29% since bursary axe
Applications to study nursing in England have increased by 4% from last year but are still down more than 15,000 since the bursary was axed, new figures released today show.   (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 11, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Bursary extended until 2020 for student nurses in Wales
The NHS bursary for student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in Wales will continue to be in place in 2020, it has been announced. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 18, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

'Modern' recruitment drive aims to repair bursary cut damage
Future recruitment campaigning for nursing will reflect the modern-day realities of a profession at the “cutting edge of clinical practice”, according to a new workforce plan.  (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 3, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

We are now accepting applications for 2019 Cochrane Colloquium stipends
A number of stipends and bursaries are available to help consumers and other attendees based in developing countries to attendCochrane Colloquium Santiago 2019. This is our 26th annual flagship event and this year it will take place atCasaPiedra in the vibrant city of Santiago, Chile, 22-25 October 2019.Stipends and bursaries represent funding you can apply for if you are eligible that is intended to help cover registration and other expenses associated with attending the 2019 Colloquium.Cochrane is providing stipends for:1.     Cochrane Consumers2.     individuals living in low-lower-middle, ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - March 20, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Chancellor disappoints nurses and GPs
Spring statement offered no hope on GP pensions or an end to nursing bursaries Related items fromOnMedica Over half of GPs plan to leave within five years Steep rise in early retirement for hospital doctors Vital that parties tackle NHS funding shortfall Paediatrician shortfall jeopardising child health services Doctors bear burden of Government ’s financial failure (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Applicants to nursing degrees have risen across all four UK countries
But still 13,150 fewer in England since removal of bursary and well below peak of 2014 Related items fromOnMedica Nearly a quarter of student nurses quit before graduation Rethink study funds for nurses to bolster headcount, government urged Brexit could leave health and social care 51,000 nurses short More than £1bn investment needed to save nurse education Lack of nurses linked to increased risk of patient death (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nurse degree applications rise 4% but concerns remain
Applications to study nursing in England have increased slightly from last year but are still down 30% since student bursaries were scrapped, latest figures reveal. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 7, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Cochrane's 30 under 30: Ammar Sabouni
Cochrane is made up of  13,000 members and over 50,000 supporters come from more than 130 countries, worldwide. Our volunteers and contributors are researchers, health professionals, patients, carers, people passionate about improving health outcomes for everyone, everywhere.Cochrane is an incredible community of people who all play their part in improving health and healthcare globally. We believe that by putting trusted evidence at the heart of health decisions we can achieve a world of improved health for all.  Many  of our contributors are young people working with Cochrane ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - December 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Health minister bows to pressure to rethink student nurse funding
New health minister Stephen Hammond today pledged to consider proposals to reintroduce bursaries for student nurses after hearing about the struggles faced by those currently studying, (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Student nurses to lobby MPs as bursary row reaches Parliament
The future of student nurse funding will be the topic of discussion at Westminster today as campaigners demand the government reverses “disastrous” cuts to nursing education budgets. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Government ‘short-changing’ nurses on education and training, says UNISON ahead of Westminster debate
UNISON is urging MPs to highlight the urgent need for substantial investment in education and training for nurses and other healthcare staff.   The call comes ahead of a special debate later today (Wednesday) in Parliament on the future of nurse education funding that, the union says, has been severely hit by cuts.   The number of people applying for and taking up places on nursing courses has fallen dramatically, says UNISON, as a result of the government replacing the NHS bursary with tuition fees and student loans.   To make matters worse, there are currently more than 41,000 nursing vacancies in England,...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 21, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Press release apprenticeships education and training nurses Source Type: news

MP and former nurse to lead debate calling for return of student bursary
A nurse-turned-MP will call on the government to reinstate bursaries for nursing students during a debate in parliament this week. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Corbyn challenges prime minister on student nurse bursary removal
Theresa May has been accused of failing to respond after she was challenged on the scrapping of nursing bursaries during a heated Prime Minister ’s Questions today. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 24, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Care staffing in the NHS: the good, the bad and the promising
BPP University School of Nursing - The NHS is the biggest employer in England and the fifth biggest in the world. But it is struggling to recruit enough nurses and care staff. In 2018, BPP approached 220 NHS trusts in England - of which 89 per cent responded as part of this report. While it is clear that NHS trusts are having to deal with budgetary pressures and a skills shortage which may be exacerbated by Brexit, they are also facing significant changes to their traditional training models. This includes factors such as cuts to bursaries and the declining numbers of those applying for nursing degrees.ReportMore deta...
Source: The Kings Fund - Health Management Specialist Collection - October 23, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Workforce and employment Source Type: news

Government says nurse bursaries will not return despite petition
The government has been forced to defend its decision to scrap bursaries for nursing students in England, after a petition calling for the grants to be reinstated attracted widespread support. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 15, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Scottish student nurse and midwife bursaries rise to £10,000
Nicola  Sturgeon has today announced plans to increase bursaries for nursing and midwifery students in Scotland. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Funding for young scientists advances medical research
International mobility fosters scientific exchange, a key element in advances in all areas of the life sciences. An EU-funded project supports this by awarding bursaries to postdoctoral scientists for research and training abroad - boosting Europe's capacity to make groundbreaking advances in medical research. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 1, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Nursing student left struggling after losing bursary while off sick
A student nurse has criticised a “loop hole” in the bursary system that has left her struggling to make ends meet for taking time out from her studies to recover from mental health problems. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Student nurses flag challenges facing learning disability sector
Learning disability nursing students who qualified for a bursary have admitted they may not have embarked on their studies if the funding was not available. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 3, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Meet our NHS
Kalliopi Kolagki, front centre, with colleagues at Watford General          © Jess Hurd Kalliopi Kolagki is a nurse in the Accident and Emergency ward of Watford General Hospital. Originally from Greece, she’s been in Watford for 18 months and is one of hundreds of EU workers on the hospital staff. She’s enthusiastic and professional, and speaks of her experience as “very positive”. But she also has a very particular anecdote that speaks volumes about today’s NHS, for good and ill. “On the shop floor – that’s how we talk of A&E – I&rsqu...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 1, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Magazine BREXIT eu migrant NHS recruitment Source Type: news

Over 250,000 people sign petition calling for student minimum wage
A petition calling for student nurses to be paid a minimum living wage, following the scrapping of the bursary, has been signed by over 250,000 people since it was set up three weeks ago. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 20, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

12% fall in England ’s nurse training applications in past year
Nurse leaders say removal of student bursary has been 'disaster' Related items fromOnMedica MPs must fight for long-term funding for NHS and social care GP contract for England brings overall 3.4% increase Scottish government pledges ‘significant investment’ in primary care New figures shine spotlight on nurse shortages NHS performance figures paint ‘extremely worrying picture’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scrapping of bursary partly behind drop in mature students
Fewer mature students are applying to go to university with the scrapping of the nursing bursary partly to blame for the decline, says the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 6, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Tax cut for rich means billions lost to Exchequer
Cutting income tax for people earning more than £1m per year has deprived the Exchequer of more than £11.1bn over the past sixyears, according to new analysis by UNISON published today (Sunday). The government’s decision to reduce the top rate of income tax from 50p to 45p in April 2013 has also saved the rich hundreds of thousands of pounds, while public sector workers have not had a decent pay rise in years, says the union. An examination of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) statistics by UNISON shows that between 15,000 and 19,000 taxpayers earned in excess of £1m over the past sixyears. This is si...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 22, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis government nurses public services social care Tax UNISON Source Type: news

‘The work you do saves and transforms lives’
Labour shadow education secretary and UNISON member Angela Rayner outlined a number of key public sector aims of a future Labour government, in a rousing speech in Brighton today. These would include introducing a “genuine” pay bargaining body for all education staff, bringing back the NHS bursaries for nurses and restoring the Union Learning Fund to pre-Tory government levels. “The Tories will always thank you for the work you do,” she told delegates. “But Labour will always pay you for the job you do.” Remembering her days as a UNISON activist, Ms Rayner joked that in her first nationa...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 22, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article 2018 National Delegate Conference education labour link Labour Party NDC 2018 Source Type: news

‘The work you do saves and transforms lives’ – Angela Rayner
Labour shadow education secretary and UNISON member Angela Rayner outlined a number of key public sector aims of a future Labour government, in a rousing speech in Brighton today. These would include introducing a “genuine” pay bargaining body for all education staff, bringing back the NHS bursaries for nurses and restoring the Union Learning Fund to pre-Tory government levels. “The Tories will always thank you for the work you do,” she told delegates. “But Labour will always pay you for the job you do.” Remembering her days as a UNISON activist, Ms Rayner joked that in her first nationa...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 22, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article 2018 National Delegate Conference education labour link Labour Party NDC 2018 Source Type: news