Council of Deans of Health responds to confirmation of professions eligible for new student support

20 January 2020

The Council of Deans of Health has responded to confirmation of professions eligible for new student support, announced by the Department of Health and Social Care on 19 January.

The Government will make non-repayable student grants of at least £5,000 per year available to all allied health professions, midwives and nurses. Additional support of £1,000 will be available for childcare, in regions struggling to recruit and for subjects defined as shortage specialisms; mental health and learning disability nursing, diagnostic and therapeutic radiography, prosthetics and orthotics, podiatry and orthoptics.

Dr Katerina Kolyva, Executive Director of the Council, said:

“This announcement will give students the confidence they need to apply for entry to these rewarding professions. Paramedic science has previously been excluded from the funding arrangements available to other healthcare professions so we are particularly pleased to see that this has been included in these reforms”.

The funding will be administered by the NHS Business Services Authority and will be made available on top of any funding received through the Student Loans Company.

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Notes:

  1. The Council of Deans of Health is the voice of the deans and heads of UK university faculties for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions.
  2. For more information on this press release, please contact Jon Eames, 07496 693 806.
  3. Department of Health and Social Care announcement 

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