Radiographers and Physiotherapists Receive New Financial Support
Many Allied Health students, including radiography and physiotherapy students will benefit from additional NHS funding, following an announcement from the Department of Health and Social Care. A new £5,000 annual maintenance grant will be available for students from September 2020, which will not need to be paid back. This is in addition to exisiting support available, including student loans.
In addition to the £5,000 grant, students who study radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic) are also entitled to an additional £1,000, as the subject is seen as a ‘shortage specialism’ and important to delivering the NHS long term plan.
Professor Lesley Haig, Principal of AECC University College, commented: “We are delighted by the announcement that funding is now available for students in these areas. As a provider of specialist degrees in health sciences including radiography and physiotherapy, our students will be eligible to receive this additional funding to support them during their studies. It is encouraging to see that the crucial role of allied health professionals, who comprise the third largest workforce group in the NHS, has been recognised.”
Minister for Public Health, Jo Churchill said: “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.”
AECC has recently introduced new undergraduate courses in Radiography (both diagnostic and therapeutic) and a postgraduate course in Physiotherapy. These courses are still open for applications for 2020 September start.