NHS Scotland Physiotherapy funded places scheme

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What is the Physiotherapy Funded Places Scheme?

In response to the national workforce demand the Scottish Government commissioned NHS Education for Scotland to facilitate implementation of the Funded Places Scheme.  The purpose of the scheme is to support Scottish domicile students who fully intend to develop their future career within NHS Scotland to enter and undertake an MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy course at one of the Scottish HEIs.  The scheme offers payment of tuition fees for 2 years and agreement that 50% of practice-based learning placements will be located within one health board area. 


How do I apply to the scheme?

All funded places for 2022/23 have now been allocated and the scheme will reopen in early 2023 (date to be confirmed) for applications to support students entering the MSc Physiotherapy programme in September 2023 and January 2024.  Further information on future application opportunities will follow.

NHS Scotland Physiotherapy Funded Places Scheme - future application

Further information including inclusion criteria can be found in the application guidance below.

Applications will reopen in early 2023 to support students undertaking the September 2023 / January 2024 MSc Physiotherapy programmes.

Please contact nes.nhspa@nhs.scot with any queries.

Information from NHS boards who support the funded places scheme

Board Information

Information to consider at point of application and assist identification of Board preferences. Please note NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland and NHS Western Isles are offering an inter isles experience and therefore this can be selected as one Board preference instead of selecting these Boards individually.