Please note: Due to COVID-19, we are currently only offering telephone and video appointments. Our group sessions are currently running remotely via video link.
Meet the Team
- Dr Charlotte Baker (Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist)
- Dr Trishna Gandhi (Senior Clinical Psychologist)
- Dr Holly Castle (Clinical Psychologist)
Who is the service for?
Our service is available to individuals with a neurological condition. Neurological conditions are disorders of the brain, spine or nerves. They have a range of causes including illness, injury, infection and stroke. This often results in difficulties with thinking, memory and concentration, known as cognitive difficulties.
People with these conditions can often experience difficulties with mental wellbeing and their mood.
Our service works with people to support them with both emotional and cognitive difficulties. The aim of our service is to improve the quality of life for patients with neurological conditions.
We complete assessments to understand your difficulties, to try to help you know more about what’s going on for you. We also work with people who have difficulties with their mood, behaviour and personal changes from a neurological condition.
We also have a Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) service.
Our service also offers group sessions. One group is based on ACT principles (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and focuses on living with neurological difficulties. We run the Compassionate Minds group, which utilises principles from Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and a cognitive rehabilitation group. We also run a group for individuals with FND.
What will happen at my first appointment?
At your first appointment, we will ask some questions about the kind of problems you are having and what other people have noticed. We might ask you to fill in some questionnaires. Your appointment is likely to last one hour and the purpose is to help us find the best way to support you.
We will agree a plan for any more appointments and what this might involve.
You can also use this appointment to ask any questions.
How many appointments will I have and what will they involve?
You will have an initial appointment to get to know you.
After this, we may invite you to a neuropsychological assessment. Click here to find out more (additional tab webpage).
If you are having emotional difficulties, we will think with you about how you are feeling and coping. We will practice skills and techniques to help you, and discuss what support you have.
If you would like to bring someone along with you, we have a seating area where they can wait for you during your appointment.
How do I access the service?
Our service is available to adults with an existing diagnosed neurological condition such as Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Hydrocephalus, Traumatic Brain Injury, Parkinsons Disease and have cognitive or emotional difficulties as a result.
We also work with people with diagnoses of Functional Neurological Disorder (FND).
We primarily offer a service to those who are under the care of MidYorkshire Neurosciences service (Neurologist, Specialist in Rehabilitation Medicine, Specialist Neurology Nurses, Specialist Neurology Therapies). Any of these healthcare professionals can refer you to our service. We do not accept self-referrals.
Where will my sessions happen?
In Wakefield, we usually see people at the Clinical Health Psychology Department at Gate 3A in Pinderfields Hospital.
In Dewsbury, we usually see people at the Staincliffe Wing at Dewsbury and District Hospital.
What have people found helpful about the psychology service?
“I’ve allowed room in my mind and life for the things that matter to me. I’ve also become more accepting of my situation, I hope to continue this process.”
“The skills are helping me live a better life”
“I have put lots of strategies into practise and found them very helpful.”
What if I have questions?
You can contact the Neuropsychology Service on 01924 541510
Address and where to find us
The Neuropsychology Service, Clinical Health Psychology, Pinderfields Hospital Gate 3A, Aberford Road, Wakefield, WF1 4DG
Feedback via the Friends and Family Test is anonymous and can be given in the following ways:
You can leave your feedback online here. Simply select the type of service and team or ward name you want to leave feedback about. You can also access the survey in a number of alternative languages via this link.
Using your smartphone you can scan the QR code found on some of our posters, leaflets, flyers and on our Friends and Family Test feedback cards that you should see around our wards and departments.
You may be offered a card by a staff member for you to share your feedback with us.