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Psychologists call for families of neurological patients to get specialist help too

15 April 2019

The chair of our Division of Neuropsychology says both people with neuropsychological conditions and their families need care from specialist services.

The chair of our Division of Neuropsychology says both people with neuropsychological conditions and their families need care from specialist services.

In a letter written with chartered member Dr Najma Khan-Bourne and sent to the Daily Telegraph, Katherine Carpenter says:

“It is incredibly important that this care is made completely available not only for the patient, but for the whole family system around them.”

The writers, both consultant clinical neuropsychologists, argue that services should cover inpatients, outpatients and the community, and that care should be provided across patients’ lifespan. 

Their letter emphasises the importance of their profession in the care of people with these conditions, which are typically the result of a stroke brain injury:

“Our work is concerned with the more ‘hidden’ aspects of brain, such as cognition – attention, memory and problem solving – personality, behavioural changes and emotional functioning.

 “Any or all of these problems have the potential to cause a devastating impact on effective social functioning – at home, at work and at leisure.”

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