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Mental Health Services: Vacancies

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 5354, tabled on 19 May 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to address the shortage of psychologists in the NHS.

Answered on

7 June 2022

Health Education England has expanded the clinical psychology training intake by 85% in the last three years. This is expected to deliver an additional 2,520 psychologists in the National Health Service workforce by 2025.

The Mental Health Recovery Action Plan also includes a £111 million investment in the training and education of the NHS mental health workforce. This aims to provide an additional 27,000 mental health professionals in England by 2023/24. Of these, 30% are expected to be psychology professionals.