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Funding confirmed for nurse bursaries in Wales in 2017-18

December 15, 2016 at 4:52 PM

The Welsh Government's 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: "Today's 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."