Neurological illnesses, psychiatric disorders, malingering and chronic pain can all cause prolonged absenteeism and affect fitness to work.

Psychological assessments can provide opinions about fitness to work and provide recommendations for treatment programmes to facilitate a successful re-entry into work. These recommendations can help managers make informed and early decisions helping minimise the costs and liability risk of absence. All assessments will be accompanied by a report which will include a clinical interview and the use of psychometric measures including symptom validity tests. 

Examples of assessments which can be offered are detailed below:

Psychological assessments of Chronic Pain

These assessments may:

  • Identify the breadth and depth of symptoms associated with the pain related disability
  • Inform rehabilitation programmes
  • Identify psychological factors which may be present prior to the onset of the disability and often predict outcome over and above physical findings

Neuropsychological Assessments for Neurological Conditions

Neurological disorders (e.g. dementia, MS, brain injury) can cause cognitive, emotional and behavioural changes (e.g. memory, aggression and depression), which can prevent a person returning to work or mean that they are unfit to work. A neuropsychological assessment can:

  • Identify the extent and severity of these problems using psychometric measures
  • Facilitate diagnosis (e.g, dementia)
  • Inform rehabilitation programmes