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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.




For further information, please contact:

Valerie Rezin ( 02380 874349 (work)

Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

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For further information, please contact:

Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

mobile ( 07768 69 39 40

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Amicus/MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners' Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

Amicus/MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries. It is the UK's second largest union.