Mental Health Services: Vacancies

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th June 2022.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

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.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

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.

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