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The NES Data Group publishes quarterly reports on all staff working within Psychology services in NHSScotland for census dates at 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December. A secure web-based system is used to collect data, which allows each NHS board to access, add, amend and terminate records directly on a database held centrally by National Services Scotland (NSS).

For each Psychology Workforce publication, data are presented as a full report, summary and background tables. These provide information on:

  • The Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) and headcount of all Applied Psychologists working in NHSScotland.
  • The WTE and headcount of other clinical staff, including Clinical Associates, Cognitive Behavioural Therapists, Assistant Psychologists and Other Therapists.
  • Characteristics of the workforce (including area of work, target age, age and gender)
  • Staff in training.

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is the source for Official Statistics on the NHSScotland Workforce. NES works to the Code of Practice for Official Statistics which is maintained by the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA). We work to ensure the statistics we produce meet the three pillars of this code; Trustworthiness, Quality and Value.

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Recent News and Updates

Review of Age data published

The Data Group have undertaken an assessment of the publication of granular age data in collaboration with Information Governance. In summary, we acknowledge that the age of workforce staff should be treated as a protected characteristic and is personal data in accordance with data protection law. For this reason, from the 2 June 2020 publication (31 March 2020 census date), we have removed the data available at a level below NHSScotland. 

It is important that we continue to supply colleagues working in workforce planning, reporting and intelligence with the appropriate level of age information so that their work is undisrupted. Therefore, Management Information dashboards with full age data are available to authenticated individuals via TDI. 

This has been communicated with our colleagues and stakeholders across NHS Boards and the Scottish Government. If you require to access the age data, please get in touch by emailing the

Transfer of statisitics from ISD to NES

From 1 October 2019, responsibility for some national workforce data, statistical & intelligence function transferred from ISD to NHS Education for Scotland (NES).

A joint letter by the Chief Executives of NSS and NES, dated 23 August 2019, details the rationale for the changes and arrangements for the transfer of these functions.

Publications prior to 3 December 2019 can be accessed via the Public Health Scotland (previously ISD Scotland) Workforce publication page.