On a bit of a negative roll this morning, Reporting Scotland goes from supposed failures on child poverty, quickly into this:
The number of student nurses recruited this year is almost 1 000 short of Scottish Government goals. University admission figures from UCAS show that from more than 4 800 nurse and midwife places for the academic year, just 3 850 have been accepted. The Royal College of Nursing [trade union] said the shortfall could add to the current ‘workforce crisis.’
Leaving aside the overall situation in Scotland with more than 50% more nurses per patient than England has (https://www.gov.scot/publications/foi-19-00620/), recruitment in Scotland seems be be going far better than elsewhere.
Note the deadline for applications is September 28th.
The UCAS figures for England, in 2022, don’t seem to be published yet but in 2021, UCAS reported only 7 105 acceptances for nursing in England, up from 6 510 in 2019. With ten times the population, the figure would have to be 38 500 to match Scotland: https://www.ucas.com/corporate/news-and-key-documents/news/pandemic-inspires-future-nurses-welcome-increase-school-and-college-leavers-looking-enter-profession