Review of the psychological therapies workforce

The Department of Health commissioned the CfWI to undertake a review of the workforce delivering adult psychological therapies for the NHS in England.

This review centred on getting a clear understanding of the current workforce delivering psychological therapies, and developing proposals for improving future workforce information.

It became clear during the course of our review that it would be helpful to reach a clear and agreed definition of what constitutes a psychological therapist, taking into account the variety of psychotherapeutic approaches.

We carried out a consultation with a wide range of stakeholders and you can read about the final outcomes, including the proposed definition by the CfWI, in the full report, Improving workforce planning for the psychological therapies workforce, and the summary.

The work carried out by the CfWI is of great value to the workforce. Read more about this in Planning for the future psychological therapies workforce.

Key partners and stakeholders

To help build intelligence on the existing psychological therapies workforce, we worked with a number of key partners and stakeholders, including:

  • Department of Health
  • NHS Confederation Mental Health Network Workforce Reference Group
  • commissioners, employers and service providers
  • professional bodies and organisations, such as:
    • British Association of Art Therapists
    • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
    • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
    • British Association of Dramatherapists
    • British Association of Music Therapists
    • British Psychoanalytic Council
    • British Psychological Society
    • British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors
    • Royal College of Psychiatrists
    • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
    • Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy