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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20785: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 21 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) diabetes- and (b) obesity-focused (i) health psychologists specialising in behaviour change and (ii) clinical psychologists specialising in mental health there are; what action is being taken to increase the number, and how many newly-qualified specialists it expects to enter the workforce in each of the next six years.

Answered by: Clare Haughey 17 January 2019

The workforce data collected on psychologists in Scotland does not provide a breakdown on their areas of work in respect of diabetes or obesity. However, all psychologists have general psychology training which includes behavioural change.

There are currently 765.5 WTE clinical psychologists in post. Since September 2017, the clinical psychology workforce has grown by 36.0 WTE (4.9%). In addition,
‎ 237 individuals are training for various post-graduate qualifications in applied psychology, including 181 on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, who will be fully qualified to become Clinical Psychologists upon course completion. On average, ten years after graduating, 70.8% of graduates are still employed in NHSScotland Psychology Services.