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Health Psychologist in Training

Trainee Health Psychologist

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) in partnership with Health Boards in Scotland is funding 4 Trainee Health Psychologists to explore the contribution health psychology can make in supporting NHSScotland to meet its health improvement targets.

These are two-year fixed term posts designed to allow the Trainee Health Psychologists' successful completion of the British Psychological Society's Stage 2 Training while employed by the NHS to undertake a programme of approved work.


The application phase of the 2018 intake is now closed.

The deadline for references for 2018 applicants is 22nd September 2017.  Please send all references to:


NHS Education for Scotland

2 Central Quay

89 Hydepark Street


G3 8BW

or email to


Additional Information


The NES Health Psychology Stage 2 Training Programme

1. Introduction :  Health is all about behaviour

To radically improve the health of people in Scotland we need to understand and change the environmental, socio-economic and individual causes of poor health. Promoting effective, evidence based delivery of health care, and supporting people to adopt healthy behaviours is a crucial part of the Scottish Government's health improvement strategy.

2. What can health psychologists contribute?

A Health Psychologist has high level competencies in research, delivery of interventions, consultancy, teaching and training, and generic professional skills.

These competencies are acquired during Stage 2 training, including:

  • Practice: Developing professional practice, designing healthcare policy and practice.
  • Implement interventions for behaviour change and maintenance; for example, improving self-efficacy, setting realistic goals, coping with barriers to change. 
  • Research: designing, implementing and evaluating research on issues relevant to managing health and health behaviour.
  • Consultancy: planning, implementing, evaluating healthcare projects for clients.
  • Teaching and training: providing theory-driven, evidence-based training for health professionals, others delivering health care and patients.
  • Presenting accessible and meaningful health related information so that people can make better informed choices.

3. Providing high quality trainees : The NES Training Programme

NES recognises the importance of adding Health Psychology to the NHS skill mix in Scotland by supporting training posts. Since 2007 NES has jointly funded (with NHS Health Boards) 2 year training posts for health psychologists in NHS Health Boards in Scotland. Over thirty trainees have undertaken this programme to date.

The projects undertaken can be grouped into several areas:

  • Health Improvement, health inequalities, illness prevention
  • Physical Healthincluding long-term conditions
  • Smoking, Drugs and alcohol
  • Antenatal, Postnatal care and Early years
  • Health Eating, Activity, Weight Management
  • Frality and Dementia

For more examples click here (PDF file).


Benchmark Statement

You can view our Benchmark Statement here.