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11 April 2003





Nearly a third of clinical psychologist jobs in the UK are vacant.

This recruitment and retention crisis comes at a time when a new survey by the Amicus-MSF trade union revealed difficulties in obtaining the proper on the job training and supervision, and that part-time staff faced excessive workloads.

The survey of the workplace difficulties facing the UK's 3,300 female clinical psychologists showed that 41% of women had problems getting the agreed amounts of clinical supervision - a minimum of 90 minutes each fortnight.

The survey - by the Family of Psychology Women's Standing Committee (Amicus-MSF) - also showed that a fifth of women had difficulties juggling their childcare arrangements.

Valerie Rezin, chair of the Standing Committee, said: 'According to Department of Health figures, vacancy rates for clinical psychologists are running at 28%. If these training and supervisory issues are not resolved, this could exacerbate the current recruitment vacancy rates which are already causing concern.'

Poor management was pinpointed as a factor contributing to the depressing working conditions and fair access to promotion facing many women.'

The survey concludes: ‘Considerable difficulties were experienced by female clinical psychologists in the NHS workplace and particularly because these were in areas closely related to their continued competence in clinical work. This indicates a management failure to recognise and apply good professional standards and guidelines which is the responsibility of both management and the professional body.’

Ms Rezin said: 'This important research will used, nationally and locally, to lobby employers to improve the working lives of clinical psychologists, both men and women.'

  • A total of 663 replies were received to the survey and 73% of the profession are female.



Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

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The CPHVA - the UK’s third largest nursing union - represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, district nurses and nursery nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is a professional section of the Amicus trade union