Student nurses and midwives are set to receive a backdated promised Pandemic Placement Grant of €100 per week by 1 June, the Minister for Health has confirmed.

The payment applies for weeks when the students in question were on placement in health care settings during the pandemic, and was recommended in a review by Professor Tom Collins.

Addressing the INMO online Annual Delegate Conference, Minister Stephen Donnelly praised the students for overcoming unprecedented challenges posed by Covid-19 during their studies.

He confirmed that he was accepting Professor Collins' recommendation that the payment for the relevant placement weeks would be backdated to September of last year.

"My department has instructed the HSE to process this payment, and I have confirmation that payments will begin from next week. Importantly, the HSE has said they would be completed by the 1st of June," he told delegates.

He also confirmed that a longer-term review of supports in place for nursing and midwifery supernumerary student clinical placements is being conducted by Sean McHugh and will include an examination of the levels of pay for the final year internship, and the travel and accommodation allowances.

Recommendations are due by 30 June and it is hoped that the new arrangements will be in place for the next academic year.

Minister Donnelly also pledged that all of this year's nursing and midwifery graduates will be offered permanent contracts in the public health system.