Welcome to the The Division of Neuropsychology Scotland (DoNS).
We are an active committee which looks at issues in neuropsychology pertinent to Scotland.
One of the aims of the DoNS is to facilitate peer support for clinical and academic neuropsychologists in Scotland through organising high quality post qualification training events on neuropsychological topics and by encouraging contact and collaboration between academic neuropsychologists, clinical neuropsychologists and clinical psychologists with an interest in neuropsychology in Scotland.
Annually we organise an event open to all our members on topics of interest raised by our members. In previous years we have covered issues such as Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Functional Illness and new and innovative Neuropsychological research in Scotland.
The DoNS can also provide advice to our members on a range of topics including signposting to relevant specialist in a particular neuropsychological area and supporting informal meetings locally.
An important aim of the DoNS is to raise the profile of neuropsychology in Scotland by actively engaging in policy and consultant activity primarily with the Scottish Government. Recently the DoNS, with the National Prisoner Healthcare Network, has been successful in highlighting to the Scottish Government the needs of those with brain injuries in the criminal justice system including advising on prevention, early identification of brain injury, initial screening, assessment and rehabilitation.
Brain Injury and Offending Report 2016 - NHS Scotland and the Scottish Prison Service
We have also successfully made our case to the Scottish Government, with our colleagues in the Division of Clinical Psychology (Scottish Branch), for psychologists to be added to the list of professionals who are able to sign Section 47 of the Adult with Incapacity Act when the act is reviewed.
The committee of the DoNS welcomes any member to contact us on issues relating to neuropsychology in Scotland ranging from advice on a specific issue, suggestions for future events, topics you wish raised within the wider context of the BPS, to potential policy-focused activity with the Scottish Government.
Lastly, but most important of all, we would welcome you to consider joining the committee. We are enthusiastic and passionate about continuing to develop neuropsychology in Scotland but an important part of that is having new members join us. Please do.
Dr Fiona Summers
The aims of the DoNS are to:
To join the Division, go to the Society’s professional and membership groups page for more information.