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The Clinical Neuropsychology Service

We work alongside other medical services to: 

  • diagnose neurological conditions,
  • help service users and their families to develop strategies to compensate for specific cognitive limitations,
  • facilitate psychological acceptance/adaptation to the changes created by the neurological condition,
  • educate about neuropsychological changes (including personality changes),
  • and enable people to deal with emotional after-effects.

We provide access to assessment clinics, and where appropriate, goal focused one-to-one therapy and group interventions. We aim to foster links with other suitable services for the ongoing support of patients.

Neuropsychology is concerned with the relationship between the brain and cognition (higher level processes such as learning, memory and intelligence), behaviour and emotions. These are the interventions we might offer depending on your needs and the type of service you are accessing.

Neuropsychological assessment

A neuropsychological assessment is an assessment of your memory and thinking abilities. It can help to give a clearer understanding of why someone may be having difficulties and can inform any further support offered to help address and manage the difficulties.  It also helps to inform surgical or medical interventions. Neuropsychological assessments contribute valuable information that can help medical colleagues understand symptom presentations and lead to accurate diagnoses.

Psychological assessment and therapy

We assess how people are feeling and thinking, in order to help them come to terms with their condition. We use a variety of different therapeutic techniques and approaches, which can include talking therapies and indirect work through staff teams.

Neurorehabilitation

We work with people to find out their goals and to develop a plan of action to help them move forward. This might involve learning practical strategies to manage fatigue, cognitive difficulties and mood issues.

Behaviour management

We can work with other people (staff, carers) to help them understand complex behaviour and to develop the best approaches to help the person with the neurological condition.

Self help groups

In some service settings there are opportunities for group work focused on learning self help techniques and sharing experiences.

Carers, family work and couple therapy

We may offer specific interventions to help relatives and carers’ adjust/adapt to changes within the relationships associated with a neurological condition.

Staff teams

We also work with staff teams and provide psychological skills training, consultation, support with difficult issues and team approaches.
 

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