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Psychology: Manpower

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's target is for the number of clinical psychologists per head of population. (117923)

The Department does not have a target for the number of clinical psychologists per head of population. However, the number of clinical psychologists in headcount terms has increased from 4,038 in 1997 to 6,820 in 2006—an increase of 2,782 or 69 per cent.

It is the responsibility of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities to analyse their local needs and develop plans, in liaison with national health service trusts and primary care providers, to recruit the appropriate staff required to deliver high quality services.