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Mental Health Services: Staff

Question for Department of Health

UIN 109144, tabled on 23 October 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the increase is in the (a) size of the mental health staff workforce and (b) number of professionally qualified clinical mental health staff employed since 2010.

Answered on

26 October 2017

This answer is a correction from the original answer.

NHS Digital data shows that the number of National Health Service staff (full-time equivalent) working in Mental Health and Learning Disability trusts increased by 4,295 from July 2013 to July 2017, of these 2,156 are professionally qualified clinical mental health staff. The number of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) staff (headcount) increased by 2,728 between 2012 and 2015.

Figures begin in 2012/13 due to the changes in services resulting from the dissolution of primary care trusts in 2012/13.

Source:

1. Health Education England (July 2017). Stepping forward to 2020/21: The mental health workforce plan for England.

https://www.hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/CCS0717505185-1_FYFV%20Mental%20health%20workforce%20plan%20for%20England_v5%283%29.pdf

2. NHS Digital, Monthly workforce statistics as at July.

https://digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB30100

3. 2012 IAPT Workforce Census paragraph 5.1.

https://www.uea.ac.uk/documents/246046/11919343/iapt-workforce-education-and-training-2012-census-report.pdf/907e15d0-b36a-432c-8058-b2452d3628de

4. The overall IAPT workforce number from the 2015 census was calculated as follows: sum of Low Intensity Therapy: Total Number of individuals (Staff in Post) on page 17 and High Intensity Therapy (HIT): Total Number of individuals (Staff in Post) on page 21. The 2015 IAPT workforce census is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/mentalhealth/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2016/09/adult-iapt-workforce-census-report-15.pdf

5. The overall IAPT workforce number from the 2014 census was calculated by adding total headcount for Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), non CBT HIT modalities and non-qualified counsellors and therapist, Table 4, page.11. The total funded establishment for whole-time equivalent psychological wellbeing practitioners was obtained from table 2, p. 9. The 2014 IAPT workforce census is available at the following link:

http://www.ewin.nhs.uk/tools_and_resources/2014-adult-iapt-workforce-census-report.

Original answer

NHS Digital data shows that the number of National Health Service staff (full-time equivalent) working in Mental Health and Learning Disability trusts increased by 4,295 from July 2013 to July 2017, of these 2,156 are professionally qualified clinical mental health staff. The number of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) staff (headcount) increased by 2,278 between 2012 and 2015.

Figures begin in 2012/13 due to the changes in services resulting from the dissolution of primary care trusts in 2012/13.

Source:

1. Health Education England (July 2017). Stepping forward to 2020/21: The mental health workforce plan for England.

https://www.hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/CCS0717505185-1_FYFV%20Mental%20health%20workforce%20plan%20for%20England_v5%283%29.pdf

2. NHS Digital, Monthly workforce statistics as at July.

https://digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB30100

3. 2012 IAPT Workforce Census paragraph 5.1.

https://www.uea.ac.uk/documents/246046/11919343/iapt-workforce-education-and-training-2012-census-report.pdf/907e15d0-b36a-432c-8058-b2452d3628de

4. The overall IAPT workforce number from the 2015 census was calculated as follows: sum of Low Intensity Therapy: Total Number of individuals (Staff in Post) on page 17 and High Intensity Therapy (HIT): Total Number of individuals (Staff in Post) on page 21. The 2015 IAPT workforce census is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/mentalhealth/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2016/09/adult-iapt-workforce-census-report-15.pdf

5. The overall IAPT workforce number from the 2014 census was calculated by adding total headcount for Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), non CBT HIT modalities and non-qualified counsellors and therapist, Table 4, page.11. The total funded establishment for whole-time equivalent psychological wellbeing practitioners was obtained from table 2, p. 9. The 2014 IAPT workforce census is available at the following link:

http://www.ewin.nhs.uk/tools_and_resources/2014-adult-iapt-workforce-census-report.

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Department of Health and Social Care
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