This Regional Neuropsychology Service works in partnership with the multidisciplinary Community Brain Injury Neurorehabilitation Service, as well as providing Non-epileptic Attack Disorder and Vocational Stroke Services for Swansea Bay University Health Board. The neuropsychologists also work closely with the Brain Injury and Complex Neurological Service in Hywel Dda Health Board.
The services are based on the Morriston site in a single storey building below the main hospital:
Address: Old Personnel Building
Phone No: 01792 703516
Clinical neuropsychologists work closely with neurologists and other neuroscience colleagues to:
Neuropsychology is a branch of psychology that specialises in understanding the complex relationship between the brain and behaviour (emotions, personality, learning, memory and intelligence). Brain conditions can sometimes undermine an individuals’ ability to take charge of their lives. Neuropsychologists aim to enable individuals and families to regain that control by encouraging them to set their own goals and offering specialist assessment, information, techniques, guidance and ongoing support.
Neuropsychologists assess the impact of brain conditions on memory, attention/concentration, thinking, problem-solving, judgement, planning, organising, perceptual skills, information processing and other intellectual abilities. They also assess the emotional and behavioural impact of a neurological condition. The assessments are sometimes used to assist neurologists with diagnosis, for example, they can clarify whether someone’s memory complaints are due to a brain condition or a mental health problem. Brain conditions can have a major impact on a person’s quality of life, well-being and functioning. An assessment of the degree of change often clarifies what has changed and helps to inform the patient and their families, as well as guiding rehabilitation. Assessments can also be used to inform issues concerning mental capacity, or to provide education or vocational advice
Where the neuropsychologist feels they can assist further after the initial assessment, they offer help in:
On average, 1-3 follow up sessions are provided. There is upper limit of 4 sessions after the initial assessment but a degree of flexibility is allowed, and there have been one or two people (and families) that have been seen for much longer to help address complex needs.