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Fund our future nurses

#FundOurFuture Nurses

We're calling for a minimum of £1bn a year to be put back into nursing higher education.

Fund our future

On 21 November MPs will debate investing in nursing higher education

Ask your MP to attend and speak for you.

Email your MP

Funding for nursing degrees in England isn’t working

Nursing students are unique. Their courses are longer than other degrees and, on top of their studies, they spend additional time on clinical placement working all hours of the day and night.

Many nursing students are struggling financially because they don’t have time to work to support themselves. It’s causing some students to quit their courses.

It’s no surprise then that since the changes to nursing degree funding in 2016, there are almost 1,800 fewer nurses due to start at university.

The Government must fix this. It must look again at how it funds nursing higher education, including by putting a minimum of £1bn a year back into the system to support students.

There are already almost 42,000 nursing vacancies in England alone. Without action now this could rise to at least 48,000 in the next five years, because there won’t be enough newly qualified nurses to address this shortfall.

Nursing students are on their courses to learn. But, because of the current shortages, they're being used to fill workforce gaps and caring for patients before they are qualified to.

This isn’t fair to nursing students and it isn’t safe for patients.

Take action by emailing your MP

Thanks to pressure from RCN members, there will now be a debate on this issue in Parliament at 14.30 on Wednesday 21 November.

Help us keep the pressure on the Government by asking your MP to attend and speak on your behalf.

It's time to prioritise funding for nursing higher education

The NHS is currently planning its priorities for the next 10 years. The Government has announced additional funding for this during the recent NHS 70 celebrations.

In early December, we expect Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, to set out the priorities for the long term plan for the NHS and how the funding will be allocated.

We’re calling for a minimum of £1bn a year to be put back into nursing higher education.

This would go some way to replace the funding lost when the bursary was removed in 2016.

Join our campaign - email your MP today

Ask your MP to attend the Westminster Hall debate.
41,700 Nursing vacancies in England
48,000 Estimated nurse vacancies in England by 2023
1,790 Fewer nurses due to start at university