Nearly 49,000 people in England have applied for nursing courses, an increase of more than a third compared to a year ago, the UK Department of Health and Welfare reported on Thursday.
The University and College Admissions Service, a centralized service used by students to apply to university in the UK, has received 48,830 applications for nursing courses in England, compared to 35,960 registered at the same time of the year last.
Figures in England also show an increase of more than 50 percent in applications from people aged 25 to 34, and a 43 percent increase among those over 35. There was also a 41 percent increase in applications from men.
The latest data across the UK shows that total applications for nursing courses have risen 32 per cent to 60,130.
The Minister of Health of the Department of Health and Social Assistance, Helen Whately, said that applications from mature people will contribute to a greater diversity and representativeness of the nursing staff.
The UK National Health Service (NHS) has come under great pressure due to, among other things, a lack of nurses in recent years, especially during the current pandemic. About 10 percent of registered nurse positions in the NHS were vacant when the COVID-19 pandemic began.
England is currently in the third national lockdown since the pandemic began in the country. Similar restrictive measures have been applied in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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