Bursary scheme set for move to NHS

The body that administers grants for NHS students is to take over the running of the social care student bursary scheme from the General Social Care Council.

The Department of Health’s student grants unit is likely to be given the powers under provisions in the Health Bill published last week.

The move follows more than a year of talks between the DH and the GSCC.

Chief executive of the GSCC Lynne Berry said it was better for the organisation to focus on its “overriding objective” of regulating the quality of the social care workforce.

The GSCC has so far distributed almost £100m in grants.

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