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New scholarship opportunities at the James Paget

05 February 2021


We’re offering new scholarship opportunities at the James Paget in 2021 following the success of previous programmes for nursing and midwifery students.

This year we’re looking to provide five scholarships – two in nursing, one in midwifery, one for an aspiring Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) and one for someone training to join our Dietetics team. This means, for the first time, we will be offering support to student Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), as well as nurses and midwives, to help them complete their studies at degree level.

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The nursing, midwifery and ODP will train with the University of East Anglia, while the Dietetics course will be with University of Hertfordshire.

The scholarship is designed to attract more people from low income households into health care professions by providing £3,000 per year over the three years, paid in monthly instalments, to support you while you study.

Applications are now open for all five scholarships.

Following a selection process, the scholarships will be awarded to candidates who are committed to the values of the James Paget, who want to serve the local community and who want to pursue a life-long career in one of these professions.

There is no stipulation as to how the scholarship money is used by the successful candidates but to apply you must meet certain criteria; 

  • You must be able to undertake the placement part of the programme in any clinical area administered by the James Paget University Hospital Foundation Trust 
  • Upon successful completion of the BSc programme you will be guaranteed an offer of a post as a newly qualified nurse/ midwife/ ODP/ Dietitian at the James Paget 
  • You will be contracted to work within the JPUH for a period of not less than two years. If you leave within the two year time frame you may be required to repay all or part of the scholarship awarded to you
  • You come from a household income of less than £30,000 per annum (as assessed by Student Finance England)
  • You are a UK citizen, resident in Norfolk and Suffolk (within 30 mile radius of James Paget University Hospital).

James Paget AHP lead Jay Lingwood said; “The scholarships in Operating Department Practice and Dietetics are fantastic new opportunities.  They will give two people additional support whilst studying for Bachelor of Science degrees, and a smooth transition into a vital and life-long career in health care.  Creating scholarships for Allied Healthcare Professionals highlights how the James Paget University Hospital values and embraces the wide range of professions that make the NHS possible.”

Claire Ward, Deputy Head of Education & Practice Development at the JPUH, said; “We are all very excited to be continuing with the scholarship programme in 2021. This year we are able to introduce the opportunity for Allied Healthcare Professionals while continuing to offer scholarships in Nursing and Midwifery. We welcome local people who have always aspired to become a Nurse, Midwife, Dietician or ODP to apply and become the future workforce of the James Paget University Hospital.”

Applicants will need to apply separately, and be accepted to, degree courses at the University of East Anglia to qualify for the nursing, midwifery and ODP scholarships and to the University of Hertfordshire for the Dietetics course.

If you meet the eligibility criteria and would like to be considered for a scholarship please visit the Work for Us section of this website and click 'Vacancies' and Nursing & Midwifery, Allied Health Professions or Health Science Services to view more details of the scholarship opportunities.

Please note; The closing date for applications is Friday 19 February, however these opportunities may close early if we receive a high volume of applications.