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BPS welcomes HEE expansion of clinical psychology training places

29 May 2020

The British Psychological Society (BPS) welcomes news that Health Education England (HEE) will increase places for the September intake of clinical psychology trainees and child and adolescent psychotherapists by 25 per cent.

We have been working in partnership with HEE and also as part of the National Psychological Professions' Workforce Group to highlight the need for increased funding to meet current and future national demand for clinical psychologists.

Dr Esther Cohen-Tovée, Chair of our Division of Clinical Psychology, said:

“This announcement by HEE is very welcome, and we are delighted to hear that our partnership work with HEE and other key stakeholders has borne fruit.

The NHS Long Term Plan sets an ambitious vision for the psychological professions that calls for significant expansion to meet current and future needs, as our health and care system is reshaped and enhanced. An urgent expansion in the number of clinical psychologists is needed to increase capacity in clinical leadership and in service transformation, development and delivery, and this funding increase will go some way towards meeting that need.

While the initial announcement only covers an increase for 2020/21, we hope to see it extended to allow clinical psychologists to continue providing long-term benefits for service users into the future.”

The announcement follows an earlier one this year, confirming HEE’s commitment to continue fully funding clinical psychology training.

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