Health psychologists work as applied psychologists, teachers, consultants and researchers within a variety of settings such as the NHS, Higher Education, health promotion, schools or industry.
Here is a leaflet that describes what Health Psychology is
a guide for the public.pdf
Why Become a Health Psychologist?
Health psychology is a fast growing area and the kinds of things that health psychologists are involved in are interesting and varied. There is a wide-range of jobs available, although they are not always advertised as health psychology posts.
provides more detail on the types of posts in which health psychologists are currently employed within the UK.
Responses to this question by Qualified Health Psychologists:
"It's an opportunity to become part of a rapidly developing, cutting-edge profession, a chance to contribute to the promotion and improvement of physical health, a great way to develop specific key skills and competences which can't be gained easily elsewhere, and finally it is an opportunity to join a community of supportive and like-minded individuals"
"You could be a pioneer and make your own career path. There are only approximately 500 Qualified Health Psychologists in the UK, this means that you can become a big influence on the development of the Profession. You will have opportunities that other disciplines don't. Creatively identifying jobs where Health Psychologists can have an impact. You could be working in research, developing treatments to help people change debilitating behaviours. You could be using research to re-design health services so that they are more effective. You could be on the front line working with people with chronic illness to help them take charge of their lives, or cope day to day.
Health Psychology takes a focus on improving health and preventing ill health, like the ‘fully engaged’ model that the National Health Service is being asked to adopt. Engaging people in their own health and facilitating them to help themselves."
Examples of Positions Held by Health Psychologists & Trainees
NHS Consultant Health Psychologist
Chartered Health Psychologist
Stage 2 Trainee currently doing a PhD at the University of Leeds
Stage 2 Trainee working as a Researcher/Care Advisor for the Huntington’s Disease Association
Stage 2 Trainee working as a Researcher and Part-time Lecturer in health psychology at Staffordshire University
Stage 2 Trainee working as a Trainee Health Psychologist within Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Senior Lecturer in Health Pscyhology
Training in Health Psychology
In order to become a Chartered Psychologist, you must first complete an undergraduate degree which confers Graduate Basis for Registration. Then you must successfully complete postgraduate training in health psychology accredited by the Society. Click here for more information
Membership of the Division of Health Psychology
If you are interested in joining the DHP click here.
DHP Membership Benefit Leaflet
gives you information on the benefits of membership of the DHP.