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Paramedic students will get £5,000 support payment each year

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Published 19 January 2020

From: Department of Health and Social Care

Paramedic students will get £5,000 support payment each year

Students studying to become paramedics, radiographers and physiotherapists will be among those receiving the new financial support from 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.

The full list of new and continuing students set to benefit from the funding is as follows:

  • 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

  • nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability, joint nursing/social work)

The government first announced the new funding in December. It said that all new and continuing nursing, midwifery students and many allied health students on pre-registration courses at English universities will receive a £5,000 maintenance grant each year. They will not need to pay it back.

Extra payments worth up to £3,000 per academic year will be available for eligible students. Each year they could receive:

  • £1,000 towards childcare costs

  • £1,000 if studying in a region that is struggling to recruit

  • £1,000 if they’re a new student studying a shortage specialism important to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan

The shortage specialisms have been confirmed as:

  • mental health nursing

  • learning disability nursing

  • radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)

  • prosthetics and orthotics

  • orthoptics and podiatry

The government expects the £5,000 maintenance grants to benefit around 100,000 pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health degree students every year.

It comes as part of the government’s manifesto commitment to increase nurse numbers by 50,000 by 2025.

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