Expenditure for this area has continued to decrease since NHS Bursary reforms in 2017, and as such, total expenditure for the area was approximately £199.7 million.

In 2017, more responsibility was handed to Student Finance to fund NHS courses, rather than the NHS directly. This means expenditure will continue to decrease until existing students funded through the NHS graduate.

£5.4m

from an approximate expenditure of £199.7 million

In 2017, more responsibility was handed to Student Finance to fund NHS courses, rather than the NHS directly. This means expenditure will continue to decrease until existing students funded through the NHS graduate.

NHSCFA last measured losses in specific areas of the NHS student bursary scheme in 2006-07; the exercise revealed a combined loss to fraud of 2.7%. NHSCFA is working closely with NHSBSA Student Services to further analyse this area and mitigate potential fraud vulnerability.

Financial fraud vulnerability: £5.4 million.

Information reports received for NHS bursaries

Change in the number of fraud referrals (allegations) received in relation to NHS bursaries from 2016-17 to 2019-20.

34%

decrease in referrals for this theme compared to last year

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
75 96 79 52