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House of Lords written question HL655.

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL655, tabled on 21 January 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether pre-registration physiotherapy students (1) already studying, and (2) due to start a course, will qualify for maintenance grants of £5,000 and, where eligible, for further grants of up to £3,000 from 2020.

Answered on

29 January 2020

All new and continuing students enrolled in an eligible pre-registration undergraduate or postgraduate physiotherapy course at an English university from September 2020 will be eligible for at least £5,000 of the new financial support package.

Extra payments worth up to £3,000 per academic year will be available for eligible students depending on their individual circumstances. For those studying physiotherapy, this could include £1,000 of financial support to help with childcare costs. Physiotherapy students will not be eligible for the £1,000 incentive funding announced on 19 January 2020 for students entering a pre-registration course in a shortage healthcare specialism. As set out in the announcement of 19 January, the Department is undertaking further work to develop the £1,000 incentive payment which will be targeted at specific regions or geographical areas and it is possible that some new physiotherapy students could be eligible for additional payments as part of this. Further information will be set out as soon as possible.

There are no current plans to limit the number of physiotherapy students who could receive funding they may be eligible for.