The CSP has welcomed the Department of Health and Social Care in England’s announcement today of new funding for allied health, nursing and midwifery students.
Students will receive at least £5,000 a year, with up to £3,000 further funding available for eligible students. It will be given to all new and continuing degree-level nursing, midwifery and many allied health students from September 2020, and is expected to benefit more than 35,000 students annually.
CSP chief executive Karen Middleton said: 'The CSP welcomes plans for £5,000 payments for physiotherapy students in England. We have long argued for better support for the living costs for student physios. However, we await the full details.
‘NHS physio vacancy rates in England are around eight per cent and demand is rising. Expanding the numbers in training is therefore vital to patient care.
‘Better funding is great news, but we have to have a guarantee that it will not be funded by cutting physio training numbers.’
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