All health students will receive new financial support following an announcement by the government.
The latest group to benefit is Paramedic students who will get £5,000 support payment each year starting this September. 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.
In December the government announced funding for students studying nursing, midwifery and many 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.”
The full list of new and continuing students set to benefit from the funding is as follows:
- nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability, joint nursing/social work)
- paramedic science
- radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)
- dental hygiene or dental therapy (level 5 courses)
- occupational therapy
- operating department practitioner (level 5 courses)
- orthotics and prosthetics
- podiatry or chiropody
- speech and language therapy
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