Prisons: Clinical Psychologists

Ministry of Justice written question – answered at on 23 April 2024.

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Photo of Siobhain McDonagh Siobhain McDonagh Labour, Mitcham and Morden

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many psychologists were employed in prisons on average in each year since 2010.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The quarterly HMPPS workforce statistics publication covers staffing information, and the latest publication covers data up to 31 December 2023. The average number of psychologists is given in table 1 below.

Table 1 - Average number of psychologists1 in HMPPS 2 for each calendar year from 2010 to 2023

(full-time equivalent)

Calendar Year

Total

2010

568

2011

549

2012

522

2013

507

2014

507

2015

544

2016

615

2017

654

2018

698

2019

762

2020

798

2021

816

2022

874

2023

862

Notes

1. Only including staff in HMPPS bands 5 to 11 and will include trainee psychologists. Staff in groupworker or administrative roles in psychology at bands 3 and 4 are excluded.

2. Psychologists employed in the Probation Service are not included.

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