Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Lord Lilley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent recruiting nurses from overseas on accommodation, flights, quarantine and administration, excluding salaries, in the most recent year for which figures are available

    Lord Kamall: The information requested on money spent on recruiting nurses from overseas is not collected centrally.

    Lord Lilley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for nursing courses were (1) received, (2) accepted, and (3) refused, places in (a) 2019, (b) 2020, and (c) 2021, at universities in England.

    Lord Kamall:

    The following table shows the number of applications made to a nursing course and subsequent acceptances in England in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Data on the number of applications refused is not held centrally.

    2019 2020 2021

    Applications 128,810 145,925 181,645

    Acceptances 23,630 29,740 30,185

    Source: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service undergraduate sector-level end of cycle data resources 2021.


    An applicant can make up to five separate course applications. Only one place can be accepted.

    Lord Lilley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nurses were recruited from overseas in (1) 2019, (2) 2020, (3) 2021, and (4) in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

    Lord Kamall: This information is not collected in the format requested. While the National Health Service Electronic Staff Record collects self-reported data on nationality, this does not show where staff were trained or the country in which they were a resident at the time of recruitment.

    Lord Lilley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether universities in England face any financial or other restrictions on the number of nurses they may accept for training; and if so, what are the restrictions.

    Baroness Barran: The government does not impose a cap on nurse training places. Higher Education Providers (HEPs) make decisions on their intakes, and these are based on demand from suitable candidates and the ability of education and healthcare systems to provide the necessary capacity (both academic and practise). HEPs receive funding to support the delivery of these courses from student fees, as well as additional support from the Strategic Priorities Grant.

    We have committed to deliver 50,000 more nurses into the NHS by the end of this Parliament. We will achieve this through a combination of investing in and diversifying our training pipeline and recruiting and retaining more nurses in the NHS.

    Since September 2020, all eligible nursing, midwifery and allied health profession students have received a non-repayable training grant of a minimum of £5,000 per academic year. Additional funding is also available for studying certain courses, for example mental health and learning disabilities nursing, with further financial support available to students for childcare, accommodation costs and travel costs.

    This support package comes in addition to maintenance and tuition fee loans provided by the Student Loans Company. It enables healthcare students to focus on their studies and placements and helps alleviate financial pressures which students might be facing.

    Health Education England (HEE) has invested £55 million in expanding clinical placements, including simulated learning capacity. This funding is being provided in addition to £180 million, spent each year by HEE on placements for around 120,000 nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students.