Improving the quality of neuropsychological assessment practice: The development of a self-assessment audit tool

Lorraine King, Ruth E Hirst, Abigail Methley, Humma M Javed, Alan Robert Bowman, Lucy H Stevens

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Objective: Strict competency frameworks exist for training in, and provision of, clinical neuropsychological assessment practice. However, as in all disciplines, daily clinical practice may drift from the gold standard practice without routine monitoring and audit. A simple-to-use, but thorough and evidence-based audit tool has been developed to facilitate the tracking, maintenance, and discussion of best practice over time.
Method: A literature search and liaison with experienced neuropsychology colleagues did not unearth any pre-existing audit standards. Therefore, 39 new standards were generated, which were guided by best practice literature and clinical neuropsychology colleague discussions, to form the proposed self-assessment audit tool. Due to the diverse nature of services, both core and supplementary standards are proposed to enable the audit to be tailored to suit individual services’ needs. Results: During its development, the tool has so far been trialed in two U.K. National Health Service clinical services in different localities, on three occasions, with a total patient population of N = 78 in order to refine the standards and to generate practice recommendations.
Conclusions: This audit tool is presented for services to self-assess their neuropsychological assessment practice. The authors plan to take this work forward with the British Psychological Society’s Division of Neuropsychology as a policy document for self-assessment and peer review. Other potential developments include contributing to clinical neuropsychology training tools and refining audit standards for use more widely, such as in pediatric services, or internationally with diverse populations.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberacab099
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalArchives of Clinical Neuropsychology
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2022


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