School of Allied Health Professions
The 'School of Allied Health Professions' is the former 'School of Health and Rehabilitation', re-named to better reflect our cutting-edge teaching options and research. Within our dynamic, forward thinking and inclusive learning environment we offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, short courses and stand-alone modules to students from across the globe. The School consistently scores well in the national league tables (The Times, The Guardian and The Complete University Guide). Student satisfaction rates are also high.
Thank you for your interest in our Physiotherapy, Radiography and Rehabilitation and Exercise Science programmes. You will appreciate that we are in a challenging time as the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on the entire world and therefore we need to communicate differently to support future applicants who are interested in our excellent programmes. The last few weeks have brought into sharp focus the dedication, commitment and skills that the range of health and care professionals have made to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic and our whole country has shown their appreciation for this.
In the School of Allied Health Professions, we are keen to ensure that our students qualify as high performing professionals able to support the challenges of our time. During COVID-19 our existing students have had to adapt to new ways of working during their placement hours (learning, in parallel with qualified health and care practitioners, the challenges of remote working in these type of professions), and we are proud of the way our student body continues to contribute and make a difference. We have worked closely with our partnering organisations and students to ensure that our programmes have adapted to enable our student body to qualify as planned; and our educational teams have risen to the challenge of delivering our professional programmes in interactive ways during the Covid-19 lockdown. This has involved creative modifications to assessments, enhanced personal tutor support and flexible submission dates. In addition, we have worked with our health and care partners so that our students will gain access to the wider NHS/Social Care support that is on offer.
We are still accepting applications for 2020 to our excellent programmes and are also planning for 2021 and beyond. If ever there was a time to become a health care professional, that time is now. A time to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to care and time to make a difference to people's lives and those of their loved ones. So, whilst we are not able to engage with you personally at this time there are opportunities to ask questions through our virtual open days. As soon as the current social distancing restrictions are lifted we would welcome you to come along and chat to us, here at Keele University. We hope to hear from you very soon.
Please see the university’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Personal Development Budgets:
Every nurse, midwife and allied health professional working across NHS hospital and community care and general practice will have access to a ‘personal training budget’ of £1,000 over three years to support their personal learning and development needs. The funding is part of a drive to make the health service the best place to work, to keep nurses, midwives & AHPs within the NHS by supporting long-term career progression and improving patient care. It represents a £210 million funding boost to frontline staff.
The first of three instalments of the funding have been transferred to NHS Trusts in April 2020 and is part of the government’s commitment to improving patient care and securing a sustainable future for the NHS through the Long Term Plan. The ‘choice’ of personal training remains with the nurse, midwife or AHP and should be discussed during the appraisal process. In addition to the personal development budgets provided centrally by the government, employers will also be expected to provide additional funding locally to invest in their staff. Funding cannot be utilised for funding previously provided free of charge by the NHS employer, eg. preceptorship programmes. Further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/career-boost-for-almost-half-a-million-frontline-nhs-staff
Learning Support Funds:
Learning Support Funds are now available to students studying a range of health-related programmes on a full or part time basis, at BSc or MSc level and, importantly, these funds are non-repayable. Students have to apply (this process has just opened - https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-learning-support-fund/training-grant) and evidence of eligibility requires a scan of a confirmed student finance letter. The payment is £5000 per year paid in 3 installments per year.
The Learning Support Fund is available to students on a range of programmes; those specific to Keele are Diagnostic Radiography, all fields of Nursing, Midwifery, Orthotics & Prosthetics, Paramedicine, Physiotherapy. Additional payments are available: £3000 for hardship, £2000 for students with parental responsibility and an additional £1000 for specialist areas (Mental Health, Learning Disability, Radiography and Prosthetics & Orthotics).
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