Cygnet Hospital Derby

  • Cygnet Hospital Derby
  • London Road, Derby, Derbyshire, DE24 8WZ
  • Tel: 01332 365 434
  • Fax: 01332 292 974

Meet the Team

  • Mark Varney
    Hospital Manager

    Mark has been a Qualified Mental Health Nurse since 1988 and trained in Derby at Pastures Hospital. He spent the majority of his career working at Millbrook Unit in Mansfield as a Ward Nurse before progressing to ward manager. In June 2003 Mark became Care Programme Approach lead for North Nottinghamshire and was promoted to Trust CPA manager in 2005.

    Mark was also for many years a trainer in breakaway, restraint and PSTS. Mark joined Cygnet Health in May 2009.


  • Guy Bannister (Diploma in Nursing, Diploma in Counselling)
    Clinical Manager

    Prior to Qualifying as a RMN in 1992 at Pastures hospital in Derby Guy worked as a HCA for 2 years in Low and medium secure settings. Upon qualifying Guy went to Carstairs High Secure Hospital in Scotland. Since that time he has worked as a Charge Nurse, Ward Manager and Clinical Manager in variety of clinical settings in both the NHS and independent sector. He has opened six new services including Low Secure and PICU settings.

    Guy, who also holds diplomas in counselling and nursing, joined Cygnet Hospital Derby in February 2010.


  • Dr Mohammed Zaman
    Medical Director
    Dr Mohammed Zaman has been the Medical Director at Cygnet Hospital Derby since July 2010. He has worked both in NHS and the Independent sector and has a wide experience in General Adult Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. He has been a Consultant Psychiatrist since 1989 and was Clinical Director/ Associate Medical Director with the Derbyshire Mental Health Service from 1992 – 2007. His special interests are schizophrenia and paranoid disorders.

  • Dr Pavan Chahl
    Consultant Psychiatrist

    Dr Pavan Chahl began practising at Cygnet Hospital Derby in August 2010 on Wyvern Unit, our Locked Rehabilitation Service. Dr Chahl hasbought with him a wealth of experience both medically and in his patient management style. Dr Chahl keenly looks for service user feedback to improve service provision and experience.

    Dr Chahl has a detailed understanding of how a team should work in a complex area such as rehabilitation and he always ensures all voices are heard.


  • Angela Pereira
    Litchurch Ward Manager

    Angela is the ward manager of Litchurch ward. She has a 30 year history within mental health services, 16 years being spent in forensic mental health including the prison service at regional manager level. In 2009 Angela returned to her clinical roots and soon aftere joined Cygnet in March 2010 as Charge Nurse on the Low Secure Ward and was afforded an opportunity to become the Manager in September 2010.

    Angela has recently achieved a post graduate diploma in Advanced Practice in Mental Health and is currently working on her dissertation for her MSc. Angela champions partnership working and is an advocate for service user involvement.


  • Paul Tennant
    Alvaston Ward Manager
    Prior to qualifying as a nurse in 2005 at Demontfort university in Leicester Paul worked as a Health care support worker within the learning disability trust, since gaining his nursing qualification Paul initially worked as a Staff nurse in a psychiatric intensive care unit. Paul went on to work in the private sector and has worked in a number of low and medium secure services as a clinical team leader, charge nurse and ward manager. Paul is very driven to support his team to deliver very high quality nursing care to all service users to facilitate and enable them to make a speedy recovery. Paul is very keen on supporting staff on the ward to develop in their chosen career path and is an advocate for professional development.

  • Dr Nichola Marchant
    Lead Psychologist

    Nichola is the Lead Psychologist at Cygnet Derby. She has been with the service since March 2011 and works primarily on Alvaston Ward. Nichola manages a team comprising one qualified psychologist, three Assistant Psychologists and a number of Honorary Assistant Psychologists from within the Hospital and local universities.

    Her main professional interests are working with women with complex needs, personality disorder, substance misuse and sexual offending. In 2014 Nichola will be starting to complete her Somatic Trauma Training and Schema Focussed Therapy accreditation and is looking forward to using this training across the hospital.


  • Dr Kamlaj Sayal
    Speciality Doctor - Wyvern Unit

    Dr Kamlaj Sayal joined the team at Cygnet Hospital Derby in November 2010 and is the Speciality Doctor on Wyvern our locked rehabilitation unit for males with enduring mental illness. He works as ward doctor for all in-patients under the care of the rehabilitation unit.  His work involves undertaking a full medical assessment, perform mental state and, where appropriate, physical examination and be actively involved in the assessment and management of all patients under his care. 

    He practices a holistic view of patients’ care and considers physical, psychological and social aspects of the patients’ wellbeing.  This includes being actively involved in the patients’ recovery, developing relapse prevention strategies, empowering patients towards making positive choices and facilitating social inclusion.


  • Lucy Hicks
    Acting Administration Manager
    Lucy has been with Cygnet Hospital Derby since opening; she has worked within the medical administration department for several years and has implemented efficient and accurate systems that have changed the way medical administration works. Following her recent promotion to Acting Administration Manager Lucy is now the responsible line manager of reception and the wider admin team. Working with individual team members, Lucy ensures the administration department runs smoothly to meet targets and provide support to Management and other departments.

  • Kayleigh Barry
    CQUIN & Ward Administrator
    Kayleigh liaises with department managers throughout the unit in collating and reporting data for CQUIN targets in advance of deadlines. Kayleigh also oversees ward administration including the archiving of all ward and service user information, working with reception and ward administrators to ensure documentation is removed from wards and achieved in a timely and efficient manner. In the absence of Lucy Hicks, Kayleigh provides senior support and guidance to the reception team.

  • Siobhan Crawford
    Clinical Administrator
    Siobhan provides support in all clinical administration including all incident recording and reporting, directly supporting the Clinical Manager, arranging all mandatory internal and external training for Cygnet Hospital Derby and completing personnel duties regarding recruitment of clinical staff.

  • Tori Clayton
    Accounts Administrator
    Tori initially joined Cygnet Derby as a Reception and Administration Assistant before successfully interviewing for the Accounts Administrator role; she pays all bills correctly and in a timely manner and monitors the eCENSUS for Cygnet Derby ensuring staff hours and patient information is correct. Tori also manages Service User monies efficiently to ensure they’re aware of their budget and have funds available to spend.

  • Mental Health Act and Medical Administration Team

    Cygnet Hospital Derby’s Mental Health Act and Medical Administration Team work together to ensure that there is full cover throughout the hospital. Emma Rutland (R) has been with Cygnet Hospital Derby since before the unit was opened and was a lynchpin in opening the unit. She has worked through the ranks, starting as a receptionist, gaining a vast amount of knowledge and skills. Emma has been key to developing new Mental Health Act Systems in conjunction with Lucy Hicks.

    Ann Leadbeater (L) has been working at Cygnet Derby for over 2 years and comes from a background of management. Ann has picked up all the skills needed to become a Medical Administrator to the unit and is currently undergoing training in the MHA Administrator role.

    Debbie Sidwells (M) joined Cygnet Derby in July 2014 as a Reception and Administration Assistant. Following a restructuring of the Administration team Debbie was promoted to Medical Administrator as her comprehensive and varied qualifications and prior experience were ideal for the post. Debbie is currently training in her new role with the support of Emma and Ann.


  • Sharon Vernon
    Senior Staff Nurse

    Sharon joined Cygnet Hospital Derby in March 2010 and was part of the original team that commissioned Wyvern Unit.

    Previous to joining Cygnet Hospital Derby Sharon practised in a Nursing Home after qualifying. Sharon was promoted to Senior Staff Nurse in Febuary 2011. She has an impressive training history and takes a key interest in students and duty rotas.



  • Julie Maguire
    Healthcare Assistant

    Julie has been working in settings caring for adults and younger persons with mental health needs since 1997 and has a wealth of knowledge and clinical undersanding.

    Julie originally approached Cygnet Hospital Derby to become an Independent Hospital Manager but when Alvaston Ward, our personality disorder service was opening she successfully applied for the position of healthcare assistant and subsequently completed the 5 week induction programmw including DBT and Schema training.


  • Claire Hall
    Full Time Occupational Therapist

    Claire has been employed at Cygnet Hospital Derby since October 2010 previous to which she worked with offenders in a Community Step Down facility. She is supported by a therapy assistant and has received the same DBT and Schema training as Ward staff to ensure a truly MDT approach.

    Claire and her assistant can normally be found on the ward with the ladies actively participating in both theraputic and social activities. Claire is a very lively and positive person who enjoys walking and socialising.


  • Amy Huskisson
    Assistant Psychologist

    Amy obtained her Bsc (hons) in Psychology with Sociology from Nottingham Trent University in 2007, and started working in learning disability services as a support worker shortly after. In 2009, Amy started working as an assistant psychologist in a specialist autistic spectrum condition (ASC) hospital in Bedfordshire and at the same time gained experience of working in a community setting with individuals diagnosed with personality disorder.

    Amy joined the Cygnet Derby team in October 2010.


  • Nick Poole
    Head Chef

    Nick is a passionate and driven head chef who has bought his 2 star restaurant skills and knowledge to Cygnet Derby. All food served to guests is derived from our service user menu’s. Nick liaises with service users on a monthly basis.

    The ethos in his kitchen is local produce, seasonal menu’s and a healthy diet for all with good presentation. Nick is currently undertaking his CIEH Level 4 and relevant courses to enable him to train Staff in Food Hygiene. Out of work Nick enjoys football and spending time with his family.





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