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To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of vacancies for music therapists in the NHS in each year from 2015 to 2020; and what recent steps his Department has taken to support the recruitment of music therapists to the NHS.
The number of vacancies for music therapists in the National Health Service is not held centrally. NHS Improvement collects vacancy data for three staff groups; doctors, nurses and ‘other staff’. These published vacancy statistics are not broken down by the different specialties and professions e.g. allied health professions.
The NHS People Plan work programme is completing a review of all allied health professions. This will look at both the current and future capacity need for the allied health professions including music therapists.