Cygnet Hospital Derby

  • Cygnet Hospital Derby
  • 100 City Gate, 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.

  • Lucy Hicks
    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.


  • Nick Hayes
    Senior Staff Nurse and PMVA lead Instructor
    Nick qualified as an RMN in 2008 at the University of Nottingham and joined Cygnet Derby when it first opened in 2010. Part of Nick’s role on the Locked Rehab ward is working closely with service users to promote independence and engage them in completing care plans to the My Shared Pathway model. As well as working on Wyvern Ward, Nick is the lead PMVA Instructor and delivers PMVA Full Inductions, Refreshers, workshops and Personal Safety training to all staff at the unit in liaison with the Clinical Administrator. Nick supports all wards in the use of PMVA and promotes safer working for staff and service users and guides staff in using therapeutic and low level interventions.

  • Razwana Kausar
    Senior Staff Nurse
    Razwana has been working in health care services for the past 15 years. In 2003 she achieved her NVQ Level 2 in care and then went on to commence her Mental health Nurse training (Diploma) in 2006. Razwana commenced work at Cygnet Hospital Derby as a Preceptorship Nurse when the hospital first opened on the 8th March 2010 and has since been promoted to the Senior Staff Nurse role. She is dedicated to delivering a high standard of care and always goes the extra mile for the service users in her care. During her development at Cygnet Hospital Derby she has successfully completed a phlebotomy course. Razwana is keen on developing student nurses and is currently completing her Mentorship training at the University of Nottingham.

  • Daniel Whitfield
    Healthcare Assistant
    Dan is part of the Litchurch Ward Team and his role as Healthcare Assistant is an integral part of the day to day running of the ward. Dan brought a person centred approach to the skill mix of the ward when he joined in 2013 and as he enjoys creating music in his spare time, he often joins in the complimentary music therapy group to help service users develop their musical abilities. Dan considers himself proactive and motivating and strives to keep staff moral high.

  • 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.


  • Julie Croke
    Housekeeper
    Julie joined Cygnet in 2013 having previously worked across many different trades brining a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role. She gives 100% to her work and always has a friendly, compassionate attitude to others. Julie works with service users to maintain a clean, pleasant living area and finds it fulfilling to see service users develop their independence in this area with her help.




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