Podiatry: Training

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 2nd March 2020.

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Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Labour, Wolverhampton South East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the NHS budget is for chiropody training; and what that budget was 2015.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

There is no dedicated National Health Service budget for chiropody training, now formally called podiatry. Funding for elements of training, such as clinical placements, is included within the education and training tariff and paid to placement providers by Health Education England.

In December 2019 the Government announced additional maintenance grant funding, which will be available from September 2020 for new and continuing students of £5,000. In addition, students with child dependants will benefit from an extra £1,000 and new students studying a specialist subject including podiatry will be able to access a further £1,000. These grants are on top of student loan allowances and do not need to be re-paid.

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