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BPS welcomes HEE commitment to continue to fully fund clinical psychology trainees

21 January 2020

The British Psychological Society (BPS) welcomes news that Health Education England (HEE) will continue to fund 100 per cent of the salary cost (at NHS Agenda for Change Band 6) for clinical psychology trainees.

Travel and accommodation costs necessary to support trainees will also be met by HEE.

This announcement follows months of productive discussions between HEE and the BPS after HEE’s decision to review its funding across a range of professions in the NHS.

The BPS argued that any reduction in central funding support for trainees risked affecting the numbers entering the profession at a time when the NHS is rightly trying to increase access to psychological therapies.

David Murphy, President of the BPS, said:

“We warmly welcome today’s decision by HEE to continue to fully fund the costs of training clinical psychologists.

Funding is crucial since, by the time they start, trainees have already funded their undergraduate degree and worked in the NHS, and they continue to make a significant service contribution throughout their training.

There remains a shortage of clinical psychologists in the UK and data shows that clinical psychology has one of the highest retention rates within the whole of the NHS, so HEE can be very confident that support for training translates to long term benefits for service users.”

Jan Hughes, a BPS member who was involved in discussions with HEE on behalf of the BPS’s Division of Clinical Psychology, said:

“I’m delighted that our constructive discussions with HEE have led to such a positive outcome for clinical psychology trainees in the UK.

HEE has taken our arguments on board and the decision which has been reached will mean that talented people aren’t dissuaded from training as clinical psychologists.”

The decision applies to trainees beginning their training from September 2020 onwards.

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