The Allied Health Professions – for example paramedics, physios and speech therapists – are some of the most rewarding careers available, so it was great to hear the government demonstrate such a strong commitment to the AHP community by providing additional financial support.
In December 2019 the government announced that, from academic year 2020/21, many new and continuing student AHPs, nurses and midwives would receive a new financial support package to help with living costs.
Healthcare students in these disciplines on eligible pre-registration undergraduate and postgraduate courses at English universities, will benefit from an annual maintenance grant of at least £5,000 in the 2020/21 academic year, with up to £3,000 additional funding for students in certain areas, specialisms or with childcare responsibilities.
The government also confirmed that, for the first time, paramedic science students will be able to benefit from additional NHS funding whilst at university, recognising how important they are to be delivering the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan in a wider variety of clinical settings.
The government had previously advised that additional payments of up to £3,000 will be available for students in areas which are struggling to recruit, or to help students with childcare costs.
They have now confirmed there will be an additional £1,000 per academic year for students with childcare responsibilities and another £1,000 a year for new students on one of these pre-registration degree courses:
- Mental health nursing
- Learning disability nursing
- Radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)
- Prosthetics and orthotics
It’s great to see the government taking these grants seriously and targeting the funding support where it is particularly needed.
Students studying the following pre-registration allied health degree level courses are set to benefit from the funding:
- Occupational therapy
- Operating department practitioner
- Orthotics and prosthetics
- Diagnostic radiography
- Therapeutic radiography
- Speech and language therapy
This funding will support ambitions to grow the AHP workforce that we have been developing as part of implementing the interim NHS People Plan, to meet the future requirements of health and care set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.