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Funding boost for all health students

The government has announced all health students will receive financial support of £5,000 a year from September 2020.

The latest announcement includes paramedic science students. This is the first time paramedic students will benefit from additional NHS funding while at university.

The funding will be provided on top of existing support, including student loans.

Paul Driscoll-Evans, Dean of School for Health and Sports Sciences at the University of Suffolk, said “We welcome the announcement from the Government about increased financial support for those studying our health courses.

“Our degrees at the University of Suffolk are already very popular and we are sure this additional funding will encourage those wanting to study courses such as Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Diagnostic Radiography or Radiotherapy and Oncology to do so.

“We work with a number of NHS partners and this will help us to assist them in meeting their workforce needs.”

The new universal offer will be offered to all new and continuing degree-level health students, starting from September 2020.

In December the government announced the financial support for nursing, midwifery and some allied health students.

Minister for Public Health Jo Churchill 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.”