21 October 2019
Nine organisations including the BPS have come together to back the creation of a new post to oversee the expansion of the NHS psychological workforce.
A letter signed by chairs and chief executives of the organisations and sent to key decision-makers in the NHS calls for the appointment of a chief psychology professions officer.
It says the new post would put the psychological professions on a par with medicine, nursing and the allied health professions.
Writing in Health Service Journal, Sarb Bajwa (chief executive of the BPS) and Dr Nick Waggett (chief executive of the Association of Child Psychotherapists) say:
"The NHS long-term plan offers an opportunity to significantly expand access to psychological healthcare in all its forms and to deliver more integrated care for patients.
But delivering this transformation means psychological approaches to healthcare must be ‘hard wired’ into the NHS architecture at all levels – national, regional and local.
Critical to achieving this will be having a chief officer for the psychological professions within NHS England/Improvement providing the strategic vision, leadership and coordination to make the plan a reality."