We can conduct a Cognitive Assessment, using standardised neuro-psychological tests, in order to assess the individual’s ability to perform mental processes of thought such as visual processing, memory, problem solving or language, including assessments for those with dyslexia, in order to assess abilities and difficulties with tasks in the workplace.
How a Cognitive Assessment Works
- 2 – 4 hours are required for the Cognitive Assessment, depending on the tests involved. The assessment is conducted in a clinic/meeting room location, at the workplace or sometimes in the individual’s home. The assessor will advise on the most suitable location, depending on the tasks to be conducted and the information about the employee to be collected.
- The Cognitive Assessment focuses on answering the referrer’s questions, and supplying them with the following information, for example:
- Can the individual perform a specific job or not?
- Which job tasks can they do?
- What reasonable adjustments / accomodations would be suitable?
- What are their cognitive abilities and limitations?
- Can you recommend further rehabilitation / solutions / equipment requirements?
- How can others help the individual in their task performance?
- The assessor’s clinical and observation skills alongside relevant researched medical ‘norm’ tested tools (eg in relation to the working population) including cognitive screening tools or memory tests etc are used to test the worker’s cognitive abilities, effort and consistency, alongside the worker’s reported view of their abilities.
- Following the assessment, a detailed report with the outcome and recommendations for future action will be prepared within 48 hours (where possible) and sent via email. This valuable document provides comprehensive answers to any questions raised by the referrer and discusses the current ability of the worker to perform a work role. Conclusions are drawn as to the fitness for return to work or for a plan of how to maintain someone in current role.
- Provides objective evidence of cognitive capacity through administering a battery of psychometric or psychological standardised tests and self report questionnaires to the individual. These address aspects such as memory, verbal comprehension and fluency, processing speed and logical thinking as well as impact of fatigue and attention/concentration.Speeds up the return-to-work process and helps to reduce the length of time the worker is absent from an existing job.
- Helps to match workers looking for employment with suitable job options, appropriate for their cognitive abilities.
- Helps to identify any other barriers to employment, such as medical issues, physical, mental health, social, financial, psychological and emotional issues that may arise and need to be addressed.
- Saves the employer money on work days lost and minimises the sickness absence management costs.
- Early resolution and addressing of issues reduces the negative impact of longer-term absenteeism and pressure on other worker’s.
- Gives clear guidance on how to manage workers and sends a positive message about the employer’s active management of sickness absence.
- Suitable for an employee who is currently on sick leave or is still working but having difficulties performing job tasks. The assessment will help the employer decide: What to do to help the employee return to full productivity.
- How to make suitable adaptations to the work tasks.
- How to look at alternative job roles they can perform.
- How to fulfil their responsibilities to accommodate workers under the Equality Act 2010.
- Suitable for an individual who is looking to begin employment, where more information about their cognitive abilities is required.
- This assessment delivered with a Vocational Assessment can help to identify the individual’s abilities (and difficulties – with possible adaptations and adjustments) alongside their interests, aptitudes, work profile and skills in order for them to succeed back into employment. Therefore it can help to identify what re-training they require and which employment avenues they should pursue.
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