The £82.035m funding will support the next generation of healthcare professionals including nurses, midwives, radiographers, paramedics and pharmacists.
The number of training places funded is based on workforce plans developed by NHS organisations and has been discussed with healthcare unions and representatives.
The funding will:
- build upon the work already undertaken to develop healthcare support workers in Wales;
- support the Fitness to Practise programme to ensure overseas nurses who want to gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council; and
- support additional work to assess the requirements for advanced practitioners across a range of professions.
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths AM said:
“High quality healthcare education is critical to support the delivery of health services in Wales both now and in the future, and I’m pleased to say Wales continues to have some of the lowest student drop-out rates in the UK. There has also been a significant increase in NHS Wales staff over the last decade.
“The extra nurses demonstrate our commitment to support young children living in disadvantaged areas by supporting an enhanced health visiting service.
“The number of training places for 2013/14 is based on what the NHS estimates it will need to maintain services from 2016 onwards. This is based on a number of factors, including the age profile of staff, the number of people currently working and in training, and the course attrition rate."