“NHS Bursary to stay in Wales”- says Health Secretary

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has confirmed that NHS Bursaries for eligible student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will continue to be available in Wales in 2017/18.

Unlike in England where the bursary will end, those starting their training in September 2017, who choose to study an eligible health related programme, will be able to access the funding.

The bursary will be based upon individuals committing in advance to taking up the opportunity to work in Wales, post qualification, for a period of two years.

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said:

“This announcement shows that here in Wales we are prepared to invest in those people who want to make a commitment to our NHS. 

“I believe that to ensure we have the workforce we need, it is important that any enhanced investment made in training and development is combined with an opportunity to work in Wales and a commitment to invest in Wales by those who benefit.

“Longer term arrangements for student support for health related subjects will be considered alongside the recommendations arising from the independent review of higher education funding and student finance led by Professor Diamond.

“We’re taking positive action to attract more health professionals across the country and throughout the UK to come to Wales to train, work and live. We will continue to invest in the education and training of individuals wanting to work in the NHS.”

Ceri Phillips, Head of the College of Human and Health Sciences, said: "The announcement by the Cabinet Secretary, Vaughan Gething, that NHS Bursaries for eligible student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will continue to be available in Wales in 2017/18 was particularly welcome and removes the considerable uncertainty that had been evident among our potential students, a significant proportion of whom would probably struggle with the alternative funding model.  It also provides a degree of certainty to Health Boards in Wales that the supply of new entrants to the professional workforce in three years’ time will not be compromised." 

Swansea University's College of Human and Health Sciences provides NHS funded places in subjects including: 

  • Healthcare Science (Audiology), BSc (Hons)
  • Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology), BSc (Hons)
  • Healthcare Science (Nuclear Medicine), BSc (Hons)
  • Healthcare Science (Radiotherapy Physics), BSc (Hons)
  • Healthcare Science (Radiation Physics), BSc (Hons)
  • Healthcare Science (Respiratory and Sleep Physiology), BSc (Hons)
  • Adult Nursing, Swansea, BSc (Hons)
  • Adult Nursing (at our Carmarthen campus), BSc (Hons)
  • Child Nursing, BSc (Hons) 
  • Mental Health Nursing, Swansea, BSc (Hons) 
  • Midwifery, BMid