Psychiatry: EU Nationals

Department of Health written question – answered on 6th March 2017.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of nationals of other EU countries working in the NHS as psychotherapists; and what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on (a) the number of such nationals and (b) NHS productivity.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

NHS Digital publishes data on the nationality of staff working in the National Health Service in England. Nationality is self-reported within the NHS human resources and payroll system, the electronic staff record.

Psychotherapists include a range of staff groups including Medical Psychotherapy and Consultant Therapists / Scientists, Other Scientific staff and Therapeutic and Technical Staff.

As of 30 November 2016, 383 psychotherapists employed within NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups declared their nationality as European Union nationals, excluding the United Kingdom. This is out of a total headcount of 5,265.The November data is the most recent data available.

The potential effect on the number of EU nationals and NHS productivity of leaving the EU will be dependent on the outcome of negotiations. The Prime Minister has been clear that she wants to protect the status of EU nationals already living here. It is the Government’s aim to get the best settlement for the UK in all areas including the healthcare system.

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