The number of places on the only physiotherapy degree course in Wales will rise by 10 per cent this year, the Welsh government has announced.
Wales will offer physiotherapy training places to 134 students this year
This year there will be 134 places at Cardiff University, up from 121 in 2015. Funding comes from an £85 million investment package intended to boost the number of health professionals in Wales.
Peter Finch, assistant director of employment relations and union services at the CSP, said: ‘We are very pleased about the increase, which reflects the growing need for physio services in the Welsh NHS.
‘What the CSP wants to do now is ensure that when this cohort of graduates enters the workforce in 2019, their skills are fully utilised and they are fairly rewarded for their contribution.’
Mark Drakeford, the health and social services minister, said: ‘This investment is based on what NHS organisations have told us they need to maintain services.
‘Despite the financial pressures faced during recent years we have continued to invest in education and training for health professionals in Wales. This year is no exception.’
Welsh government data shows that the number of people directly employed by NHS Wales now stands at 84,000, an increase of a third since 1999.
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