About the Neuropsychology Service

The Neuropsychology Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) provides diagnostic assessments of children and adolescents with thinking and learning difficulties that are associated with brain injury or disease.

The Neuropsychology Service are psychologists, who are all interested in how children’s brains develop, how different conditions can impact upon this and in helping and supporting young-people and families.

We assess brain systems dedicated to memory, language, attention, academic skills, and movement coordination in relation to the location and extent of brain injury, to provide diagnosis of the learning and behaviour problems and to provide prognosis of post-injury development.

A report of the assessment results and recommendations for support and/or intervention is sent to parents, carers, and other health and educational professionals. An important aspect of the team’s work is consultation with health and education professionals.

Patient Assessment

Services provided

  • diagnostic assessment for children and adolescents with brain disease or injury
  • assessment of neuropsychological strengths and weaknesses using tests of thinking and learning.
  • recommendations for educational support
  • long-term follow-up of cognitive and behavioural outcomes
  • consultation to schools and community services regarding recommendations for intervention
  • functional MRI assessment to identify lateralisation of motor and language function

Collaboration with other services

The Neuropsychology Service works collaboratively with a number of other services within the hospital, which include:

Referrals to the Neuropsychology Service:

Children are usually referred for neuropsychological evaluation by a neurologist, paediatrician, neurosurgeon or neuro-oncologist. We can only accept internal referrals made by clinicians within Great Ormond Street Hospital. If a clinician is uncertain about a referral then we would encourage them to contact a senior member of the team for a discussion.

For concerns around adjustment to illness or emotional / behavioural concerns we would recommend contacting the clinical psychologist associated with your service.