NHS changes 'are increasing pressure on Psychologists'

The government's planned changes to the NHS are increasing pressures on Psychologists, it has been claimed.

Professor Peter Kinderman, of the University of Liverpool and Chair of the British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology, was speaking in response to fears reported in the Guardian, which showed top Doctors are concerned the creeping privatisation of the health service will result in a loss of expertise.

The specialist noted the government's decision to allow any willing provider to give care in the NHS could have very significant consequences.

He noted: "Some Clinical Psychologists are already reporting serious pressures on existing staff, with posts being lost - especially among the best-trained and therefore potentially more expensive groups of staff."

A rise in commercialisation and competition in the NHS could prove harmful to vulnerable groups of patients, Professor Kinderman explained, adding there are worries access to evidence-based psychological therapies for those in need of mental health care could be restricted.

He added the needs of service users, carers and families need to take priority over the search for profit and political dogma.

Speaking recently on BBC Breakfast, Chartered Psychologist Dr Jane Leadbetter - Chair of the Division of Educational and Child Psychology - welcomed a new government green paper highlighting extra funding for Special Education Needs.