March 2020 COPD newsletter

Here is the latest news from the College. We hope you find this newsletter informative and useful.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

PGD update

The College is actively working with the NHS England Chief Professional Officers Medicines Mechanisms project.  This project is currently seeking to change the legislation which would allow ODPs to utilise PGDs.

Due to pressures on parliamentary time as a result of Brexit, it has taken longer than anticipated to progress this work however this is entirely beyond the control of the College and we have met all the deadlines as required by NHS England. The next stage is public consultation and we will keep you updated regarding the launch date.

The College is committed to developing the case for NMP and would welcome clear examples from members working in the ODP role of how this would improve service delivery and patient care.  This would add to our current dialogue with HEE regarding ODPs in advanced clinical practice. Please email us at CODP@unison.co.uk 

Maintenance grants

Since the removal of the previous student bursary, undergraduate health students in England have not received any additional support. They have been accessing normal student maintenance loans and loans to cover their tuition fees for which they became fully liable.

The government recently announced the introduction of maintenance grants for undergraduate health students including nursing and midwifery.

Initially, ODPs on degree courses were excluded from those able to access the grants but following interventions from the College and UNISON, all ODPs are now able to access these grants.

The announcement only covers current students and is not retrospective for students who have done their training since 2017. UNISON campaigned and argued strongly against the removal of financial support for these students at the time.

We believe that health students should not have to pay tuition fees and will continue to argue for action to reduce the debt burden on these cohorts. We will also continue to campaign for the removal of tuition fees for healthcare students.

Maintenance grants

Since the removal of the previous student bursary, undergraduate health students in England have not received any additional support. They have been accessing normal student maintenance loans and loans to cover their tuition fees for which they became fully liable.

The government recently announced the introduction of maintenance grants for undergraduate health students including nursing and midwifery.

Initially, ODPs on degree courses were excluded from those able to access the grants but following interventions from the College and UNISON, all ODPs are now able to access these grants.

The announcement only covers current students and is not retrospective for students who have done their training since 2017. UNISON campaigned and argued strongly against the removal of financial support for these students at the time.

We believe that health students should not have to pay tuition fees and will continue to argue for action to reduce the debt burden on these cohorts. We will also continue to campaign for the removal of tuition fees for healthcare students.

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CODP webpage

Finally, we have a new, simple link to the UNISON CODP page, you just need to type www.unison.org.uk/codp