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.


  • Lindsay Hodgson
    Acting Lead Occupational Therapist
    Lindsay is the Acting Lead Occupational Therapist and is a Gym Instructor for the Unit. Her professional interests are promoting engagement within physical activity as a meaningful and purposeful occupation. On-going research suggests there are multiple benefits to this when working with individuals with mental health diagnoses, in particular biological, psychological, behavioural, cognitive, cardiovascular and neurochemical improvements which can be achieved through sustained engagement within physical activity. Cygnet Derby provides the opportunity and further promote engagement within this, for example attending the gym and devising individual gym programs, a number of sports/fitness activities are available such as badminton, basketball, table tennis, football, walking groups and more recently hula hoop fitness. These interventions amongst others which are offered at Cygnet Derby, allow for both standardised and non-standardised assessments that are occupational therapy specific to be completed in order to maximise engagement.

  • 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.


  • Siobhan Crawford
    Clinical Administrator
    Siobhan has been with the company for over two years and was recently promoted to 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.

  • Nicola Kohut
    Accounts Administrator

    Nicola joined Cygnet Hospital Derby soon after opening and has become a key member of the team. She ensures all Accts and necessary signatures are gathered and that we pay our bills on time.

    Nicola also ensures value for money on purchases and is active in making sure service users monies are managed well and there for them to spend


  • Tori Clayton
    Reception & Administration Assistant
    Tori has joined the company as a Reception & Administration Assistant. Tori works as part of the comprehensive low secure reception team providing support to the unit. Tori also provides comprehensive administration support to the Administration Manager and Clinical Administrator.

  • Mental Health Act and Medical Administration Team

    Cygnet Hospital Derby’s Mental Health Act and Medical Administration Team work as a team to ensure that there is full cover throughout the hospital. Emma Rutland (L), Mental Health Act & Medical Administrator 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.

    Lucy Hicks (M) has been with Cygnet Hospital Derby since opening and has created a new range of up to date Medical Administration systems removing duplications and implementing efficient and accurate systems that have changed the way medical administration works, working from a Mental Health Act & Medical Secretary Assistant to Mental Health Act & Medical Administrator.

    Ann Leadbeater (R), Medical and Reception Administrator has been working at Cygnet Derby for over a year and comes from a background of management. Ann has picked up all the skills needed to become a Medical Administrator to the unit. Ann also provides management of the reception team ensuring support and cover throughout the long low secure reception and security needs in conjunction with the Administration Manager.


  • 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.


  • Mick Thorpe
    Maintenance and Housekeeping Manager

    Mick joined Cygnet Hospital Derby in December 2011 and beought with him a wealth of expertise and knowledge from his previous role of re-fitting and maintaining Hilton Hotels. Mick has qualifications in joinery, cabinet making and Health and Safety (IOSHH).

    Mick has a 'can do' attitude and always strives to ensure the sustainabilty and waste minimisation goals at Cygnet Derby are maintained. Mick's other management responsibilities are ensuring that a clean, tidy and neat hospital is presented at all times in conjunction with the housekeepers.


  • 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.


  • Chris McNeill
    Second Chef

    Chris is the Second chef at Cygnet Hospital Derby having previously gained valuable experience working in Italian restaurants and pubs.

    Since joining Cygnet Chris has progressed well through his studies and is always keen to demonstrate dishes to visitors. Chris enjoys fantasy football and socialising.





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