Neuropsychological assessment involves identifying any cognitive, emotional or behavioural changes that an individual is experiencing, through the process of interviewing the individual and their carers or family members, if necessary, and by using questionnaires, and/or sometimes observational assessment. Neuropsychological assessment often includes cognitive testing which is a way of measuring a person's thinking abilities, such as their memory, concentration, reasoning, and planning abilities.
Mental Capacity Assessment
We can provide assessments relating to the Mental Capacity Act 2005. This may involve a full neuropsychological assessment in the first instance to determine the nature of cognitive impairment before proceeding to assess a person's mental capacity to make a specific decision. For example, we can provide assessments of mental capacity to make decisions relating to finances, accommodation and care.
We accept instructions from solicitors and government agencies for medicolegal reports. We have experience of psychological assessment and the preparation of expert witness reports for civil, criminal, and family law proceedings, within areas such as personal injury, clinical negligence. and parenting capacity. This often involves assessing the effect of a brain injury on a person's cognitive, emotional and behavioural functioning, and prediction of its impact on their psychosocial functioning over time.
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Neurorehabilitation is tailor-made for each individual based on the information obtained during the assessment. This process begins with the provision of information regarding the individual's cognitive, emotional and behavioural functioning, to the individual and their family, and relevant care workers, if necessary. Goal-setting will then be used to devise appropriate targets for change, which may include the provision of cognitive strategies, help adjusting to the condition or brain injury experienced, and psychological therapy. Also, there may be particular emphasis on rehabilitation of behavioural changes where a range of strategies may be suggested for the individual and/or those caring for them. Vocational rehabilitation is also provided, if necessary, to facilitate a person's return to educational or occupational opportunities.
Neurorehabilitation can be provided on a weekly basis or it may be provided via care workers if a person resides in a rehabilitation or hospital based environment. We can provide staff training for this purpose as well as working closely with families to assist them to become rehabilitation partners in ameliorating any identified difficulties.
The purpose of psychological therapy is to enable a person to learn how to cope with the emotional and behavioural changes they are experiencing. This can involve different types of therapy depending on the severity and chronicity of the symptoms experienced. The primary types of therapy offered are CBT and Schema Therapy.
We offer supervision and training for groups and individuals. We can offer this for teams, sole clinicians or legal professionals who are working with individuals who have an acquired brain injury or neurological condition.