NHS launches recruitment campaign across Yorkshire with £5,000 grants on offer

Talented teenagers and career switchers in Leeds and Wakefield and across Yorkshire are being encouraged to start a career in the NHS as part of a new national campaign.

By Mark Lavery
Sunday, 29th March 2020, 7:00 am
An NHS paramedic at work
An NHS paramedic at work

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has launched the campaign which offers students training towards certain careers a new £5,000 annual maintenance grant to help with their living costs.

The campaign targets all nursing roles and occupational therapists, paramedics, podiatrists, diagnostic radiographers, therapeutic radiographers, orthoptists, physiotherapists, prosthetists and orthotists.

Yorkshire and Humber employed just 6.5 per cent of the country’s newly qualified paramedics and 8.4 per cent of the country’s occupational Therapists. No prosthetists graduated in Yorkshire in the period 2012/13 until 2016/17.

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The Government is taking action to encourage people to train in these vital roles.

As well as the £5,000 grant, extra payments worth up to £3,000 a year will also be available.

These will be for people studying in regions or specialisms that are struggling to recruit, and for people with childcare responsibilities.

This new funding package will benefit around 100,000 students every year.

Hannah Righini-Brand, a rotational physiotherapist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "Physiotherapy is the most rewarding job as no two patients are the same and the impact you can have upon them can shape their lives.

"The job aims to give people their independence and function which is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the job.

"They say you can tell someone is a physiotherapist because they are always smiling. So if this sounds like you, look into this as a potential career."

For more career information and routes into all the professions visit the new website gov.uk/nhscareers