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Nursing degree offer take-up falls 13 per cent

New UCAS data shows that the number of students accepting an offer to study nursing is down 13 per cent across the UK.

This is on top of an overall decline in the number of students applying to study nursing.

Data from the UK university entrance organisation shows that the decline in people taking up their offer to study nursing varies across the UK. In England, acceptances are down 13 per cent from last year; 6 per cent in Northern Ireland, 17 per cent in Scotland and 11 per cent in Wales.  

The figures call into question the credibility of the NHS workforce plan in England released last month. According to the Health Foundation, this requires nursing and midwifery training intakes to increase by about 32,000 by 2031-32. 

RCN Deputy Director for Nursing Dr Nichola Ashby said: “If the NHS workforce plan is to succeed, the UK government must start providing details on how the plan will begin to deliver the students the NHS needs.”

  • A new NMC report highlights the poor experiences of new international recruits to health and care nursing. By fostering more inclusive workplace cultures, employers and leaders can help ensure every nurse, midwife and nursing associate is able to thrive, says the NMC.


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