Number of psychologists in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2019

In 2019, there were approximately 38 thousand psychologists in employment in the United Kingdom, this figure includes both employed and self-employed psychologists. The annual number has experienced fluctuations during the provided time interval, dropping as low as 26 thousand in 2011 before reaching the highest figure in the time interval in 2019.

Psychiatric conditions in the UK

26 percent of the population the UK have been diagnosed with a psychiatric condition as of 2018. The age group 45 to 54 years have the highest prevalence of psychiatric conditions and disorders at 33 percent. In England, the leading dispensed drug for treating psychoses and other related disorders was Quetiapine which was dispensed over 3.5 million times in 2018.

Mental health among young people in the UK

In 2017, over 13 percent of boys and nine percent of girls suffered from a mental disorder in the UK. This share of mental disorders among young people has increased since 1999. The prevalence of mental disorders among children is higher in lower income households, with the rate of disorders in the lowest income quintile more than double that of the highest income quintile.

Annual number of psychologists in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

October 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Special properties

UK households

Supplementary notes

Numbers rounded to the nearest thousand.

Annual population survey data relating to employees and self-employed health professionals by occupation group (based on Standard Occupation Classification 2010, code 2212).

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