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Job Summary

Neuropsychologists use their knowledge of the relationship between the brain and neuropsychological function as a basis for assessment and rehabilitation for individuals with neurological diseases such as brain injuries, strokes and neurodegenerative diseases. They may also be called on to provide reports to courts or insurers regarding issues such as loss of capacity or function.

Typically, the work of neuropsychologists involves:

Neuropsychologists usually get paid a similar amount to Clinical Psychologists who earn around £25k-£80k+ depending on their levels of experience and on whether they work in public or private settings.

To find out more about life as a neuropsychologist, take a look at the BPS video:

Qualifications - How do I become a neuropsychologist?

1) You will need a 3 year degree in Psychology that meets the standards of accreditation by the British Psychological Society. Qualification with a 2i or more provides eligibility to apply for GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS).

2) You will need to undertake an accredited postgraduate training for eligibility to apply for status as a Chartered Psychologist through either a Clinical or Educational training route.

3) You will need to complete the BPS' Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology.

What relevant work experience would I need?

Work experience may be just as important to a postgraduate selector as your degree. It proves that you are committed to the particular area and it helps you to stand out from the crowd.

The following points include examples of relevant work experience, some include jobs in the local area.

1. Voluntary or paid Research Assistant - The University of Southampton runs a programme for a Voluntary Research Assistant (VRA). This is unpaid and usually runs over the summer. It is a great opportunity to increase your chances of achieving a place on a post graduate course. In addition, the researchers could write a letter of reference for you.

2. Voluntary work with people with disabilities / mental health issues / learning difficulties. The best way to find this work experience is by contacting schools in the local area.

3. Working with the NHS

4. Local Volunteering at Southampton Hospitals

5. Solent Mind work all around the Southampton area, supporting people in their local communities or in hospital settings. They work with people who have a range of mental health issues, making a difference to their lives. They greatly appreciate the work of their volunteers.

6. Assistant Psychologist role - easier to obtain after graduation and relevant voluntary work experience has been undertaken. These roles can be found in the 'Psychologist Appointments' which is part of 'The Psychologist' (the BPS monthly magazine), in newspapers or in specialist publications

7. The Southampton University's Students Union provides Community Volunteering opportunities including working with people with disabilities.

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