AN apparent funding shortfall which could have had an impact on the medical physics and clinical engineering workforce has been avoided, thanks to lobbying by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.
Earlier this year IPEM was concerned to hear about an apparent funding shortfall from Health Education England (HEE) which threatened the intake to the Scientist Training Programme (STP).
Professor Mark Tooley, IPEM’s Past President, held talks with Professor Dame Sue Hill, the Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England, about this, in which he stressed the severity of the impact the shortfall could have on the medical physics and clinical engineering professions.
And last month Professor Stephen O’Connor, IPEM’s President, wrote to the Chief Executive Officer of HEE to reiterate the Institute’s concerns about the reduction in funding offered to NHS Trusts employing STP trainees and the potential impact on the workforce.
HEE have now confirmed that for the 2020/21 financial year, all STP trainees will be funded at contemporary Agenda for Change rates. This includes all trainees commencing the programme in September 2020 and for all existing trainees in years one, two and three this will be effective from 1 April 2020. The National School have confirmed that funding will increase incrementally each year following Agenda for Change rates and that this will be for the duration of their training programme.
Professor O’Connor said: ‘I’m delighted with this outcome. We had serious and genuine concerns about the potential impact this could have had on the medical physics and clinical engineering workforce.
‘We understand Health Education England will undertake a full review of education funding for healthcare science programmes and we are poised to engage as soon as this review is under way.’
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