COVID-19: most paid placements for nursing students to end on 31 July

Students’ extended placements will finish as NHS resumes routine services

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The final pay day has been announced for nursing students on paid placements in England. 

Some students have reported that their university has informed them of an agreement between Health Education England (HEE) and NHS England that 31 July will be the last day most nursing students will be paid for their placement.

Placements to end to allow study programmes to return to normal

Paid placements for nursing students were announced in March as part of the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It meant nursing students would be paid from April if they chose to finish their programmes on extended clinical placements.

A letter sent by one university to its nursing students states that most paid placements will end on 31 July to allow the NHS to configure routine services, enable nursing study programmes to return to normal, and allow students more time to complete assessments.

Nursing students on placement will be prioritised for vacant roles

It adds that students who started their placements later for any reason will be able to stay on paid placement until 31 August.

But after this date, all paid placements will stop.

An NHS England spokesperson confirmed that all hours worked by nursing students will be paid for until their placement ends.

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commitment should be honoured’

‘As the NHS begins to return to normal the focus is now on ensuring that these students complete their training, and nurses about to graduate that have been providing incredible care over the past few months will be prioritised for roles in their current trust,’ the spokesperson said.

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Extensions will be available for some students

HEE chief nurse Mark Radford said: ‘While funding to the end of July will ensure the majority of students have time to complete the hours necessary to move to the next stage of their career, any student who requires continued funding over the summer will receive it.’

Responding to the news, RCN director for England Mike Adams said the commitment nursing students made throughout the pandemic should be honoured during any transition back to established programmes.

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