Following an incident or possibly several incidents fundamental questions may need to be asked as to what action is required to enable an individual to return to work.
Our post incident psychological assessments use standardised methods used to assess particular aspects of human behaviour.
The assessment provides an objective picture of the individual and whether there are any factors identified through assessment that might have contributed to the episode of interest.
A report will be submitted to you with recommendations that might include further training, treatment, referral to specialist help and the possibility of suggested temporary or permanent redeployment.
These assessments are only undertaken by Registered and Chartered Psychologists who adhere to the professional standards of both the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health Professions Council (HPC), which is the regulatory body for psychologists.
They are standardised methods used to assess particular aspects of human behaviour. They are carefully designed so that each person who completes a particular test has the same experience; they are presented with the same questions and have the same amount of time in which to answer them. The raw score (usually the number of correct answers) is converted to a standard score by comparing it with a representative sample of people who have completed the test in the past. The assessments that we use are reliable and valid and supported by a strong evidence base to this effect.
Many of the tests that we use are compared against samples comparison groups from similar backgrounds or less specific but related groups. It is then possible to say whether a person has scored above or below average, and how much above or below.
Psychometric tests can provide in-depth psychological profiles of individuals, covering various areas of their functioning, strengths and weaknesses.
The measures we use can be placed into the following categories:
The client assessments that we undertake have several parts. The first element is an in-depth structured interview that looks at the individual’s background in terms of work and academic history, any salient issues with health in terms of their history and what the current issues are.
The issues leading up to the event or events that have led to referral are then discussed at length. This then provides the basis of the choice of psychometric assessments that we use with a view to providing an objective picture of the individual and whether there are any factors identified through assessment that might have contributed to the episode of interest.
It is important to have been provided by the referrer with as much background information as possible to be able to structure the interview and assessment in the most effective and equitable manner possible.
On the basis of in-depth interview and assessment we then produce a detailed report with a primary focus on providing a series of recommendations that are evidence based and that cover immediate suitability for role, treatment, training and adaptations or adjustments that may be required to work.
The combination of structured interview and the use of a wide range of psychometric measures enables’ us to address questions such as: