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Adult Clinical Neuropsychology

Specialist psychological assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for adults with acquired brain injury, neurological illness and other neurological conditions. These include:

  • Mild head injury and post concussive disorders
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Anoxic brain injury
  • Demyelinating conditions e.g. multiple sclerosis and related diagnoses
  • Spinal Cord injury
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What is it?

A Neuropsychologist is a Clinical Psychologist with specialist knowledge and expertise in working with people with a neurological condition. Their work includes post-concussive disorder, brain injury, stroke or progressive conditions affecting the brain e.g. multiple sclerosis. It could also include spinal cord injury.

Neuropsychologists provide specialist assessment, rehabilitation and psychological therapy to assist with problems and changes affecting the person or their family/children. These problems could relate to changes in how the person processes information, their emotions and personality or behaviour. They could also relate to relationships, social changes and employment.

More Information

HPC Registered clinical psychologists with specialist knowledge and expertise in work with adults with neuropsychological conditions deliver this service across a range of environments including inpatient and community rehabilitation settings and outpatient clinics across the south of England. Depending upon the condition, our service includes formal and informal cognitive assessment, neuro-behavioural assessment and intervention, assessment and delivery of evidence based psychological therapies for individuals and families. It also includes advice and consultation to clinical/support work teams, rehabilitation professionals and case managers. Given the long term nature of many adult neuropsychological difficulties, review, longer term monitoring and reassessments are offered.

What are the benefits to the client & referrer?

  • Helping partners and children manage distress and adjust their lives and relationships
  • Assist with returning to live in the community
  • Set realistic goals with returning to work, social participation and activities
  • Increase confidence, independence and support with anxiety and depression
  • Improve clinical decision making in complex cases
  • Provision of highly specialist expert report to the courts
  • Increase cost-effective use of psychological treatment(s)
  • Advise multi-disciplinary teams regarding neurobehavioural problems in community settings, reducing hospital admissions, social isolation and use of residential placements

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I know if I need to see a neuropsychologist?

    You might be ‘referred’ by a health care professional (e.g. case manager, GP, nurse specialist, occupational therapist or medical consultant), after experiencing a neurological event or illness. Following referral, a first appointment is usually offered to undertake an assessment to determine if further more detailed assessment, specific advice, support, treatment or follow-up is appropriate. You can ‘self refer’ by contacting us and requesting an appointment although it is often very helpful to be referred by a professional who is also familiar with your medical history and current situation.

  • Who will I see?

    You will be seen by a Clinical Psychologist, with specialist training in and experience of neuropsychology assessment and rehabilitation/treatment and who is registered with the Health Professions Council. (These Clinical Psychologists are often called Neuropsychologists).

  • What will happen at the appointment?

    If you agree to the assessment, the Neuropsychologist will assess you, often in some detail. This is likely to involve asking questions about the background to your difficulties, your thoughts/feelings about your situation or condition and how your difficulties might be interfering with your everyday life, in terms of relationships, work and your day-to-day functioning. It might also involve completing formal psychometric tests or questionnaires relating to your situation.

  • What will happen after this appointment?

    By the end of the appointment, you will have discussed your own thoughts and wishes and a plan of action will be agreed with you about what options may be available.
    The options might include:
    • Further assessment clarifying, in more detail, the difficulties that you are experiencing e.g. a longer, more in-depth ‘cognitive’ assessment.
    • Recommendations for further appointments to explore the psychological difficulties and find ways of helping. This might include the use of specific psychological treatments including cognitive rehabilitation, cognitive-behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy and family based treatments.
    • Practical recommendations to help you cope with changes and risks. With your permission, this work might include other professionals involved in your care/rehabilitation.
    • Preparation of a letter/report to the referrer which you can request a copy of..

  • Could I get this service on the NHS?

    There are usually Neuropsychologists in your local NHS Trust but your home address will determine what public services are available to you, where they are based and waiting times etc. You can often check this with your GP, Medical Consultant or we can investigate where you might find out this information.

  • Will my health insurance cover this assessment?

    Health Insurance policies are very different in the level of cover provided. Some policies also specify conditions that need to be met in order for cover to be granted. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have clarified this with your insurer before confirming any appointment offered.