Student funding still available in Wales, says health secretary

Physiotherapy students can still access NHS bursaries if they start their studies in Wales this year, and work there for two years after graduating.

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Vaughan Gething, Welsh cabinet secretary for health 

Welsh cabinet secretary for health Vaughan Gething confirmed on 9 December that funding would still be available in Wales for student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who start their training in September 2017.

He said, however, that eligibility for the bursaries would depend on applicants committing in advance to live and work in Wales, post-qualification, for at least two years.

‘We’re taking positive action to attract more health professionals across the country and throughout the UK to come to Wales to train, work and live,’ said Mr Gething.

‘To ensure we have the workforce we need it’s important that any enhanced investment made in training and development is combined with an opportunity to work in Wales and a commitment to invest in Wales by those who benefit.’

NHS bursaries for physio students in England are being replaced from 1 August 2017 by access to student loans.

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by Robert Millett

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