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The psychology service to neurology aims to promote the psychological well-being of adults living with chronic neurological conditions and their families.  Inpatients and outpatients are seen for assessment and therapeutic intervention.

The neurology service mainly focuses on detailed neuropsychological assessment and the provision of psychological care to people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Epilepsy, Huntington's Disease and Parkinson's disease.  In addition, the service contributes to the management of patients with medically unexplained symptoms, including non-epileptic attack disorder.

Clinical services provided include

  • Neuropsychological assessment of people with suspected cognitive dysfunction
  • Assessment of mental capacity in relation to medical, social, financial or other substantial decisions
  • Psychological assessment and support of people (and their families) diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and other neurological conditions
  • All people newly diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease are routinely seen for help with adjustment
  • Treating mood related problems secondary to neurological disease
  • Attending ward rounds and multi-disciplinary team meetings
  • Staff training in psychological care of neurology patients and supporting nursing staff with management of cognitive, emotional and behavioural difficulties in the acute setting
  • For patients with Parkinson’s Disease the 3 session ‘Living with Parkinson’s’ Group provides information and support to patients and carers on managing the psychological aspects of the condition. The course includes session on adjusting to the diagnosis, coping with sleep problems and fatigue and the management of emotional changes including anxiety and depression. In addition a session is dedicated to the understanding and management of potential cognitive problems associated with Parkinson’s.
  • Running relaxation strategies groups (referral form attached)
  • Running memory strategies, single session classes (see attached leaflet)

Health outcomes are routinely collected to assess the following:

  • Reduction in distress
  • Increased sense of control (self-efficacy)
  • Increased knowledge

How to refer to Neurology Psychology

Referrals can be made by letter or by using the referral form  and send it to:

Health Psychology Department (Neurology Service), Beacon House, GRH

Tel. 0300 422 8523             Fax: 0300 422 8137