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Neuropsychology

What we do

We provide neuropsychological assessment, consultation and recommendations to children and adults with a neurological condition or acquired brain injury. The results can help you and the professionals caring for you to understand more about your symptoms and how they may be affecting you and help with treatment plans.

Neuropsychological assessments look at how neurological conditions or injury may affect your behaviour, thinking, psychological functioning, and/or personality and how these difficulties may impact on your ability to complete everyday tasks.

The most common reasons for referral include difficulties with memory, attention, decision making, problem solving, and changes in behaviour or personality or, for children and young people, learning and progress at school.

We assess paediatric (child) and adult patients and are integrated into the neurosurgical and neurology services at King’s College Hospital.

We also offer neuropsychological rehabilitation as part of the multi-disciplinary neurological rehabilitation teams on the Friend’s Stroke Unit, Brain Injury Service, Lion Ward (paediatric)Princess Royal University Hospital Stroke Unit, Ontario Ward, and Frank Cooksey Rehabilitation Unit.

We work closely with our multi-disciplinary specialists: neurologists, paediatricians, neurophysiologists, neurosurgeons, nurses, neuroradiologists and psychiatrists.

Preparing for your appointment

Adult patients

During the assessment, you will be asked to describe your current difficulties. It might be useful to bring a friend or relative with you to your appointment, who might provide additional information regarding your cognitive and mental wellbeing.

You will then be asked to complete various tasks where you will be asked to remember things, solve problems, and read or draw on a piece of paper.

The neuropsychological assessment lasts around two to three hours. If you become tired or you are struggling to concentrate, we can shorten the appointment.

If you wear glasses or have a hearing aid, please remember to bring them with you.

There is no need to stop taking any prescribed medications, but you should avoid alcohol and/or recreational drugs in the 24 hours before your appointment.

If you require an interpreter for your assessment, please let us know via
[email protected] and this will be provided.

Child patients

The process is similar to above, but parents or guardians will be contacted before the appointment. Information will usually be requested via questionnaires (which may also be sent to school with your permission) and/or parental interview. More information on the process is in our Paediatric Neuropsychology Service leaflet below.

Location

Fourth floor, Ruskin Wing, King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

Patient information leaflets

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Paediatric Neuropsychology Service: neuropsychological assessment522 KB
Stress management for people with epilepsy177 KB

Conditions we treat

We provide outpatient neuropsychological assessment and inpatient neuropsychological rehabilitation for most neurological conditions. These may include:

  • brain tumour
  • stroke
  • traumatic brain injury
  • epilepsy
  • neurodegenerative disease
  • movement disorders
  • autoimmune disorders
  • inflammatory disease of the central nervous system
  • long COVID

What is required before referring a patient

If you are unsure whether a referral is appropriate for this service, please contact [email protected].

Booking a patient at King’s

Routine Referrals

We provide services to King’s College Hospital clinical neurosciences and to the South-East Region of England. Patients are referred by their consultant in neurosciences and can be referred as part of their inpatient or outpatient care. Referrals from GPs will not be accepted.

Referrals from King’s College Hospital or Princess Royal University Hospital will only be accepted via an EPR order.

External referrals will only be accepted via email. Paper referrals by post will no longer be accepted. External referrals must be emailed to [email protected]

Other Queries

For advice and guidance, contact:

Victoria John, Clinical Neuropsychology Department Office Manager and Appointment Coordinator
King’s College Hospital, 4th Floor, Ruskin Wing, Denmark Hill, London SE5 9RS
Tel: 07890062502
Email: [email protected]

Key Clinical Staff

Name Role
Dr Suzanne Balfour-Peers Principal Clinical Psychologist
Dr Victoria Bancroft Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Dr Vicky Bavidge Principal Clinical Psychologist
Dr Carly Butler Clinical Psychologist
Dr Jack Cahill Clinical Psychologist
Dr Khadija Chaudhry Clinical Psychologist
Dr Monique Cloherty Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist
Dr Roopal Desai Clinical Psychologist
Dr Isabel Garrood Lead Consultant Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychologist
Dr Elaine German Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist
Dr Kate Golding Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychologist
Victoria John Neuropsychology Office Manager
Dr Elena Makovac Clinical Psychologist
Dr Katrina McMullen Clinical Psychologist
Dr Porrselvi Palanisamy Clinical Psychologist
Dr Sarah Rudebeck Clinical Psychologist
Dr Salvo Sutera-Sardo Clinical Psychologist
Dr Kendra Shaw Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist and Head of Neuropsychology Department
Dr Lidia Yaguez Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist