Come to Westminster and tell your MP that Psychologists Matter!
Lobby of Parliament
WHEN: Tuesday 20 March 2018 13:30-17:00
WHERE: Houses of Parliament, Westminster SW1A 0AA
13:30 Assemble for Lobby Photoshoot (Old Palace Yard, Westminster)
14:15 Lobby of MPs in Central Lobby
15:00 Wilson Room, Portcullis House, Parliament, London, SW1A OAA
17:00 Lobby of Parliament ends
Be part of Unite’s lobby of Parliament on 20 March – join our call on the Government to:
- Deliver their promises to increase mental health funding, and reverse the continued cuts to mental health as half of CCGs cut funding to mental health trusts.
- Secure adequate ring-fenced funding for Psychology Services across the Country.
- Protect highly skilled and professional psychological roles in the NHS and recognise their fundamental contribution to healthcare in the UK.
- Stop the downbanding, downgrading and deskilling of psychologists all across the NHS and end the cutting of psychology posts.
- Take action on tax refund and rebates for Psychologists and other professionals that underwent training the widening access training scheme (WATS).
A clear message needs to be sent from Psychologists to legislators. The provision of Psychology Services from ‘cradle to grave’ to the public is currently inadequate. Psychologists are now speaking out across the country to change this.
The current climate is making life harder for many people, pulling away their safety net and pushing them into crisis. The rates of mental health problems are escalating, especially in children and young people. We know that early help is important and can prevent a cycle of chronic mental health problems, which can affect the next generation.
Specialist psychologists and psychotherapists have the skills to help, but these vital posts are being cut. Time needs to be called on the erosion of higher skilled posts, the introduction of targets which can set up perverse incentives and evidence of a bullying culture against staff in these services.
Patients need to be able to fairly access therapy that they need, regardless of who they are, and to be confident that they will get the therapy that they need in a timely way, from a professional who has the skills needed to help them.
We need to spell out that we want to get on with our jobs of helping people, which is what we are trained to do, rather than creating an environment where services focus on rationing resources and denying people the help they need.
Click here or on the meme to register for your place on the lobby
Come and support the lobby! Psychologists matter!
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