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Psychology Workforce Planning Project


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Psychology Workforce Planning Project

Latest Publications

Published: 05 September 2017
Workforce Planning for Psychology Services in NHSScotland - Characteristics of the Workforce within Psychology Services
Publication Summary Download pdf file [265kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [856kb]

From May 2010 the United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Please note there has been a revision to the data originally published on 6th June 2017 concerning Chart 4, which shows staff working in Mental Health by Target Age. This chart has been updated and a revised version of the report published on 5 September 2017.

The Psychology Workforce Planning Project was initiated in 2001 and is a collaboration between NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and ISD. The project aims to:

  • to provide an evidence based psychology workforce planning mechanism which will support decision making and priority setting in psychology workforce planning & educational development.
  • to provide those involved in the decision making process with an informed understanding of the complexities of the profession, and with a continual review & evaluation of the service.
  • to assess the skill-mix of staff employed within NHS psychology services.

A secure web based system is used to collect data on the NHSScotland Psychology Workforce. The system allows each organisation direct access to their Psychology staff records. It allows the addition, amendment and termination of records directly on the web and errors associated with the record are flagged up at source. Data from this system are extracted at the census date, analysed and published. Annual data is also collected on Psychology trainees at completion of the following courses:

  • D Clin Psych.
  • MSc in Psychological Therapy in Primary Care (adult).
  • MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People.

Characteristics of the Workforce Supply as at 30 June 2017 Download Excel file [19.3 Mb]

It is a joint publication between NES and ISD and includes:

  • Whole Time Equivalent (wte) and headcount data on the workforce of Clinical and Applied Psychologists in NHS Scotland.
  • Wte and headcount data on the skill mix including Clinical Associates, Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (CBT), Assistant Psychologists and other therapists including creative therapists in Psychology Services.
  • data on Adult Mental Health Services.

The psychology workforce data was collected and quality checked through engagement with the following organisations and groups: all NHSScotland Heads of Psychology Services and Heads of Specialties, NHS Education for Scotland Psychology Directorate, Scottish Government Applied Psychology Group. Data is used in the first instance for workforce planning and to provide a service to NHS Boards, for other known uses of the psychology data please see: Known uses of the Psychology Data Download pdf file[15kb]

Click here for a link to previous publications and a paper copy of the survey form.

For further information please contact:

Liz Jamieson :

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