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Healthcare education benchmark prices review deal struck

9 June 2009 - 5:40pm

A deal has been agreed to increase the funding for university allied health professional undergraduate courses in England, with bonuses given where courses achieve a low dropout rate by students.

Under the terms of the Benchmark Prices Review deal, agreed between the Council of Deans of Health and the government, funding for AHP courses will rise by 3.9 per cent from September, and courses with a dropout rate of less than 13 per cent, which includes almost all physiotherapy courses, will receive a 2 per cent funding boost.

CSP warnings heeded

The deal follows a Department of Health decision to halt the implementation of previously agreed arrangements for the funding of AHP courses in England that were due to be introduced at the beginning of the next academic year in September.

The CSP warned the DH that its action was likely to cause major disruption for universities, and following intense lobbying from a number of AHP professional bodies, a new deal was struck.

Rewards for low dropout rate

Under the terms of the renegotiated deal, the 2 per cent ‘low attrition’ bonus will be subsumed into a ‘quality and innovation premium’, of up to 5 per cent that will be paid to universities from the academic year beginning in September 2010. The details of this have yet to be agreed.


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