Neuropsychological assessment and testing

What is a Neuropsychological Assessment/Testing?

Neuropsychological assessment is a way of helping the doctor or other health care

professional to better understand certain problems you may be experiencing. For example, you may be finding it difficult to:

  • Remember things
  • Concentrate
  • Carry out activities that you used to find easy to do.

This is a non-invasive assessment. This means that it is NOT a medical assessment and DOES NOT require any type of electronic or mechanical equipment. No treatment or medication is required.


What does a Neuropsychology assessment involve?

You will be asked to complete some tasks. These may include memory tasks (remembering things), answering some questions, solving a few problems, making some simple drawings and reading. REMEMBER: Most people DO NOT complete all tasks. This is simply because they find some tasks easy and others more difficult.


How long will it take?

After the initial consultation with the clinician a further appointment will be given to complete the neuropsychological assessment/tests. This appointment will take approximately two hours and you may need more than one appointment for the assessment to be completed.


What will happen after I finish my assessment?

It will not be possible to let you know how you got on with the assessment on the same day. Your performance on the tasks will be evaluated. A report will be forwarded to the person who referred you to us (for example, a neurologist or neurosurgeon), and you will be invited back for a feedback appointment to discuss the results.


Do I need to bring anything with me?

If you use glasses for reading, please bring them with you, because some of the tasks may involve you reading or looking at the pictures. If you have hearing difficulties and you utilize a hearing aid, please remember to bring it with you. Please bring your appointment letter. Any medication and/or special dietary requirements to cover the time here and the length of the journey each way.


Who carries out the tests?

After reporting to the Neuropsychology Department reception desk, an assistant

psychologist will show you to the room. Often, they will ask you some background questions, as well as details of the problem/s you have experienced, or that you are still experiencing. They will then explain the procedure and take you through the tasks, remaining in the room with you throughout this time. Feel free to ask them questions and to tell them about any concerns you may have at any time. For example, you may be getting tired after a while.


Will anybody else be in the room?

Sometimes there might be another person observing the assessment for training purposes. However, should this be the case, your permission will be asked.


How often will the tests be undertaken?

Often the assessment is only done once. Sometimes the Psychology Department may

be asked to re-assess you after a certain period of time, for example, 6-12 months later, to test for any improvement or deterioration.


Can I bring someone with me?

Yes you can. It can sometimes be helpful to hear from someone close to you how you are coping with your problems and if they are affecting people around you. However, this is up to you, you can come alone. While you actually complete the tasks it would be ideal for the friend/relative to wait for you in the waiting room where there is a television, or in the café on the ground floor. This is because you may be distracted by their presence, or you could feel uncomfortable talking about certain issues in front of them.


How do I get there?

For general information and details on how to find the Department of Neuropsychology, please contact us on:

Tel: 0151 529 5693

Fax: 0151 529 5503

Or visit the Finding Us page.