03 June 2019
Sarb Bajwa, chief executive of the BPS, said:
"The NHS has put mental health at the heart of its long-term plan and this commitment needs to be matched by a central focus on creating the right psychological workforce to deliver that vision.
The Interim Workforce Implementation plan is a welcome step forward for professionals working to improve the future of the NHS, including the people who work in psychological professions.
To meet the aims of the Long-Term plan, we urgently need to boost the number of psychologists working in the NHS.
In fact, the Migration Advisory Committee recently added psychologists to the shortage occupation list for the first time in a decade.
Psychological professions need to be an integral part of the Workforce Implementation plan, rather than seen as an add-on.
The BPS will work with NHS England and NHS Improvement to support their work to deliver a psychological workforce that is fit for the future."
The NHS Interim People Plan, published on 3 June, lays some of the workforce foundations which will be needed to deliver NHS England’s 10-year vision for healthcare.