Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. The past couple of weeks we have received many questions from ASPIRING psychologists enquiring about the new NHS pay rise for staff. The main concerns people had, were the potential implication this could have on the current funded places on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate course. This is something that we have actually thought about and therefore we thought we would gain the opinions of Qualified Psychologists. Within this post, we will explore whether the new NHS pay rise for staff means the end of funded Clinical Psychology Doctorate places.
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What is the NHS Pay Rise?
Now, the new NHS pay rise means that for some members of staff, they will receive a LARGE increase in their salaries (some could even see an increase of 27%). This at a distance could be seen as a huge positive; however this opinion isn’t shared by some. The pay rise, to some, is seen as well over-due and still doesn’t amount up to rates of inflation. Nevertheless, our opinion is a pay rise is still a pay rise regardless of amount which ultimately signals a step in the right direction.
(Figures from Nursing Notes)
Does this mean the end of Funded Places?
Ok so why could the pay rises mean the end of funded places? Firstly, funded places have always been under threat due to high costs associated with training. The basic salary for a trainee Clinical Psychologist is a band 6. This USED to be £26,565 per year; however this will now be rising to £28,050 per year. This will no doubt add to the strain of training due to the increased financial pressures which does have the potential to be the straw that broke the camel’s back. On the other hand, this could also have implications for qualified Clinical Psychology posts as a band 7 salary has increased also. Band 7 salary used to start at £31,696 which has increased to £33,222 which again could prove catastrophic down the line.
What Could the Future Hold?
All in all, the future is very uncertain at this moment in time. Regardless of what people may think they know, future funding decisions are still unknown. Our opinion on this is to NOT WORRY ABOUT IT! We hear many Psych Grads speaking on this topic with such panic and will make life changing decisions on hear-say. There’s no need to panic yourself as whatever will be, will be and all you can do is LIVE YOUR LIFE!
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