Numbers

15% of applicants succeeded in gaining a place on NHS clinical psychology training in 2019.

Clinical psychology training has excellent completion rates and graduates have excellent rates of employment:

  • The national non-completion rate for NHS trainees for the academic year 2017/2018 was only 0.6%, which includes both people who withdrew from a course and people who failed. This is in line with the rate for the previous 5 years which was between 0.5% and 1% each year.
  • For people completing NHS training in 2018, of those who returned data 92.0% took up employment as a clinical psychologist or in an equivalent post, within 12 months of graduating. This is in line with the rate for the previous 5 years which was between 92% and 97% each year.
  • Of those working as clinical psychologists or at an equivalent level, 97.0% were working in the NHS or in other public sector funded posts. This is in line with the rate for the previous 5 years which was between 92% and 97% each year.

We have more information on graduate employment and on the numbers of places at each course centre.

National numbers for NHS places

People currently training as clinical psychologists are employed by the NHS. These arrangements may be amended for candidates entering training in 2020, but this is unclear at this stage. Please see the Funding page for more information.

graph of numbers of applicants and places since 2011

Table version of the above graph