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Assessments

The assessment process places the client, their identity and their goals at the centre of the process. Following the assessment, clients are provided with a summary of our findings and recommendations. We provide a full report to the client and those professionals involved in the client's care, where the client has consented to this. 

We offer three main types of assessment described below: 

Interdisciplinary team assessment (IDT)

The interdisciplinary team assessment is aimed at developing a shared understanding with the client and others involved in their care, of the client’s current situation and rehabilitation needs. This is available as a face to face assessment or virtually via videoconferencing. 

The face to face assessment is typically a two-day process in which the interdisciplinary team works with the client and their family to develop rehabilitation goals and needs and a plan to achieve these.  

These assessments typically include psychological, cognitive, communication and functional assessment, alongside involving family members in sharing their perspectives on the impact of the client's difficulties. The assessment culminates in a feedback session where we share our understanding with the client and others involved in the client's care.

The virtual IDT assessment is typically conducted over four half days and includes the same components as those mentioned above. 

Recommendations emerging from the IDT assessment may include referral to the intensive neuropsychological rehabilitation programme, bespoke therapy interventions or may support/inform rehabilitation with the client’s existing rehabilitation team. 

Specialist assessments

Specialist assessments are typically more focused on specific questions about a client's difficulties and rehabilitation needs. The content therefore varies for each person. For example, for clients attending a vocational assessment, it is likely that a work visit will be included in their assessment. 

Examples include vocational rehabilitation, psychological therapy, systemic family therapy, detailed neuropsychological assessment, or cognitive rehabilitation. Again, we collaboratively identify goals and develop a plan for the future.

Medico-legal and capacity assessments

The client’s solicitor usually arranges a medico-legal assessment. This will typically last a day and involve an interview and in-depth assessment of cognitive function. After the assessment, the clinical psychologist involved will write a report within a pre-arranged time-frame, and send this to the instructing solicitor.

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