UK needs 10 000 extra psychologistsBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7556.1471-a (Published 22 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1471
- Robert Short
An additional 10 000 new clinical psychologists and psychological therapists need to be trained to enable depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia in the United Kingdom to be treated according to the standards of national evidence based guidelines by 2013.
Currently, only one person in four in the UK with depression or chronic anxiety receives treatment. Treatment is mostly limited to prescriptions from GPs, but many would prefer the “talking therapies” advocated in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's guidance on mental health.
In a report, the mental health …