Steve Double MP: ‘New support payments to be introduced for students training to be paramedics, radiographers and physiotherapists fantastic news for our NHS’

Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay, has called confirmation from the Department of Health and Social Care that students studying to become paramedics, radiographers and physiotherapists will be among those who will get a £5,000 support payment each year from September ‘fantastic news’ for our NHS.

This is the first time paramedic students will benefit from additional NHS funding while at university.

The funding will be provided on top of existing support, including student loans.

Commenting, Steve said:

“Back in December I was delighted to see the government announce this new funding and as a Parliamentary Private Secretary for the Department for Health and Social Care have been keen to work with Ministerial colleagues to drill down into the detail of this and ensure the funds cover as many students as possible.”

"This is fantastic news for our NHS and the people who want to work in these fields, making it easier for them to study and give back to our communities in ways that money simply can’t buy.”

The Government announced in December that new and continuing nursing and midwifery students as well as other health students on pre-registration courses at English universities will receive a £5,000 maintenance grant each year.

The government expects the £5,000 maintenance grants to benefit around 100,000 pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health degree students every year. They will not need to pay it back.