Learning disability nurses to benefit from extra £1,000 government incentive


Learning disability nurses are among the specialisms receiving an additional £1,000 incentive from the government.

The funding is part of a £2bn financial support package from September announced by Public Health Minister Jo Churchill.

Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage said: “We want to support people with learning disabilities to live full, healthy and happy lives. The expertise of learning disability nurses is essential as they provide tailored care that can help people become more independent.

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“In the years to come we’re going to need more learning disability nurses to provide high quality care, so I’m delighted that from September all new students will receive at least £6,000 a year to help with their cost of living. I want to see more people considering a career in learning disability nursing, helping to achieve our NHS Long Term Plan ambition to improve care for people with learning disabilities.”

In December the Government announced that all new and continuing nursing, midwifery and many Allied Health students on pre-registration courses at English universities from September 2020 will receive a £5,000 annual maintenance grant, which they will not have to pay back.

Additional payments worth up to a total of £3,000 per academic year will be available for students in specialisms or regions struggling to recruit or to help students cover childcare costs.

As part of this, an additional £1,000 a year will be available to prioritise shortage groups that are key to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan, including new students on courses for: mental health nursing; learning disability nursing; radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic); and prosthetics and orthotics.

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