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Academics call for an end to physio student grants

31 July 2015 - 9:31am

University leaders have called on the government to consider whether the grants-based system for physiotherapy undergraduates can be shifted to student loans.

Academics call for an end to physio student grants

‘The (grants) system must be overhauled,’ said Jessica Corner, chair of the Council of Deans of Health

The request came at the end of June from the Council of Deans of Health and Universities UK, which represent university chiefs from across the UK.

The current system of funding for allied health professionals, nurses and midwives is not working, according to the two bodies. They are calling for an overhaul of the way training is funded for all these professions.

They said that there are not enough physiotherapists in training to meet the current and future needs of the health service. In addition, students do not receive sufficient financial support to meet their costs of living.

For universities, the problem is that they receive less for many of these courses than they actually cost to deliver, they said.

CSP council members are considering the proposals and will respond in August.

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