We provide clinical health and neuropsychology services within the acute hospitals at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple.
Our trained clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, assistant psychologists, and mindfulness practitioners are often based in inpatient rehabilitation centres, multi-disciplinary medical teams, or in community services. They are linked to other services such as counselling, our Depression and Anxiety Service and our Liaison Psychiatry Service.
Clinical Health Psychology refers to the specialism of applied psychology for people who have acute or chronic long term physical health conditions. People are seen on both an inpatient basis on the medical wards, as outpatients when still under medical consultant care, or in community based health and social complex care teams. Areas of service where we provide our service include pain management, renal medicine and kidney units, respiratory medicine and cystic fibrosis services, oncology, obesity and endocrine services, and general medicine.
Clinical neuropsycholgy refers to the application of psychology to neurological conditions such as acquired and traumatic brain injury (such as head injury and stroke), neurodegenerative disease (such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and Motor Neurone Disease), epilepsy, functional neurological disorders, and other disorders, diagnosed by consultant neurologists.
Neuropsychologists specialise in aiding neurological diagnosis through neuropsychological assessment, providing input and support to medical multi-disciplinary teams to assist the rehabilitation and management of people with complex neuro-behavioural presentations, and in assisting people using the service and families with coming to terms with long-term neurological disorder.
We are supported by a network of people who have used our services called Collaboration Matters. They work with us to promote their involvement and experience. Currently this involves collaboration with staff recruitment, questionnaire design for feedback, and the organisation of team days.