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Students studying to become paramedics, radiographers and physiotherapists will be among the first receiving new financial support from September.
The Department of Health and Social Care announced in December that all nursing students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back. The funding will be provided on top of existing support, including student loans, and is the first time paramedic students will benefit from additional NHS funding while at university.
The government expects the £5,000 maintenance grants to benefit around 100,000 pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health degree students every year, as part of the government’s manifesto commitment to increase nurse numbers by 50,000 by 2025.
The full list of new and continuing students set to benefit from the funding is: dietetics; dental hygiene or dental therapy (level 5 courses); occupational therapy; operating department practitioner (level 5 courses); orthoptics; orthotics and prosthetics; physiotherapy; podiatry or chiropody; radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic); speech and language therapy; paramedicine; midwifery; and nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability, joint nursing/social work).
Jo Churchill, Minister for Public Health, said: “From paramedics to physiotherapists, radiographers to speech and language therapists, our talented allied health professionals are the third largest workforce in the NHS and support people to live better lives. As demand grows, we need more of the best and brightest to join our NHS. I want those who would relish the job of saving people’s lives as a paramedic or diagnosing cancer as a radiographer to come forward to train, taking advantage of this fantastic new £5,000 support package.”
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