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It is a great time for overseas psychologists to join the NHS

Recent years have seen an unparalleled demand for increased access to Applied Psychology and Psychological Therapies dealing with a wide range of mental and physical health problem. Opportunites are available offering excellent career progression, competitve salaries and world-renowned specialisation in areas of psychology.

Requirements for overseas candidates to work in Psychology in the UK? 

  • IELTS or OET 
  • HCPC registration (international form)

IMG Library Find out more about IELTS or OET or HCPC Registration here.

What should I know about Psychology in the UK?  

Psychologists are likely to work across a range of services, such as specialist hospital units, local clinics, community mental health teams, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, social services, schools and prisons. 

Psychologists in the NHS are employed in four areas: clinical psychology, counselling psychology, forensic psychology and health psychology.

What can you expect to do as part of a typical working week in the NHS?

Clinical Psychologists usually work to a regular week of 37.5 hours and can expect to deal with a full appointment book. 

Working to a tight schedule of appointments is the norm, usually one hour per appointment, giving plenty of time for talking therapy, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, arts therapy, play therapy and hypno-psychotherapy.

Psychologists often work as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) usually within a dedicated psychology department. You can expect to work with a wide range of highly trained professionals including psychiatrists, allied health professionals, nurse teams and social workers. 

Did you know? The NHS has committed to increasing the access to Psychological Therapies across the UK, so that up to 1.5 million people a year are seen by 2021. To achieve this, the NHS is employing significantly more staff across all areas of mental health. 


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