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Stephanie qualified as an Occupational therapist in 2005, she quickly moved into a senior management position in 2007 where she was able to utilise both her problem solving skills and her ability to promote independence in a management capacity, developing teams and services.
Stephanie has worked across health and social care services, both working to improve and support struggling services, as well as setting up a variety of new services including creating a clear vision and philosophy. Having worked across supported living, day, residential and hospital services, she has developed an eclectic set of skills and knowledge, within a range of learning disability and mental health services for both children and adults.
Stephanie has a passion for working with people and developing high standards of care, actively promoting the positive welfare and engagement of service users.
Dr Johanna Herrod completed her psychiatry training in Cambridge, specialising in Liaison and Neuropsychiatry. She has been a Consultant since 2000 and has worked in the NHS as Speciality Lead in Neuropsychiatry at Southmead Hospital and Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Hospital, in Bristol. Dr Herrod has been an educational supervisor since 2002.
Dr Johanna Herrod has a strong academic background with a PhD in Chemistry from Cambridge University, and experience in research neuropsychiatry. Her particular interests are acquired brain injury rehabilitation, neuropsychiatry of brain injury, functional neurological disorders, sleep disorders and complex pain disorders.
Her areas of expertise are management of behavioural disturbance and complex neuropsychiatric and cognitive difficulties and management of future prognosis and future rehabilitation needs.
Dr Mark Paramlall is a Consultant Neuropsychiatrist working in a tertiary level unit specialising in brain injury. His training in psychiatry has been entirely in the London Deanery; core training in the North East London and East London NHS Foundation trusts and higher specialty training in the Maudsley and South London NHS trust. In this capacity he has trained at the Institute of Psychiatry, Bethlem Royal, Maudsley Hospitals and with The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery; these are the are the premiere research and training institutions for psychiatry and neurology, respectively, in Europe.
He has worked in national clinics for neurodevelopmental disorders including autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and tourette’s.
He was an honorary clinical lecturer, at the undergraduate and graduate level, respectively, and was an examiner for both professional examination and in academic post graduate programmes.
Unusually for a psychiatrist, Dr Paramlall, has also completed his core medical training (London Deanery) and he also holds a degree in Microbiology and Immunology. He has presented work at various international and national conferences, contributed to a textbook and peer reviewed papers (in publication).
Dr Henk Swanepoel has been working in the neuropsychological, clinical and forensic field for over 20-years. As a qualified neuropsychologist and clinical psychologist he has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of brain injuries as well as mental health disorders.
Being a published, double doctorate in neuropsychology and forensic psychology, Dr Henk has lectured and supervised on graduate and post graduate level as a senior lecturer at various universities. Dr Henk is also CAMAG certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners in the evaluation of permanent impairment.
He has a special interest in traumatic brain injuries, neurodegenerative disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, mood disorders, psychosis and personality disorders. His areas of expertise include neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation, as well as forensic evaluations. He follows an evidence based treatment approach in his goal to make a difference in the lives of his patients.
After qualifying from Glasgow, Reenee moved to England in 2008 for her Core Psychiatry training. Reenee has been a Specialty Doctor in Psychiatry since 2012, both within the NHS and the independent sector.
She has worked in Neuropsychiatry specialist service and Liaison Psychiatry in Bristol and in General Adult community mental health service and acute inpatient psychiatry services (including PICU). Reenee joined Cygnet Brunel in 2019 and Neuropsychiatry remains her primary interest.
Dr Ivan Leong has been working in Psychiatry since 2015.
He has extensive knowledge and experience in the assessment and management of patients with mental health disorder.
His works primarily focuses on both pharmacological and psychological intervention which are tailored to each individual’s needs to achieve the best possible outcomes.
His practice is grounded in a holistic and compassionate approach to ensure optimum recovery and care of the patient.
He has a special interest in Young Onset Dementia and neuropsychiatry related to Epilepsy Disorder.
He has presented at national conference and published his work in international journals.
Jasmine started her OT career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant working in rehabilitation units in Essex, for people with learning disabilities/mental health/ brain injury/ Autism and challenging behaviour. She then went onto study Occupational Therapy at University of Essex where she completed placements in Acute Mental Health, General medicine wards, Male LD/brain injury/mental health and challenging behaviour units, and a homeless charity day centre.
Working then in Trauma and Orthopaedics, once qualified she stayed there for a further year as a Band 5 OT working across Trauma and Elective Orthopaedic wards and clinics.
From there she relocated to Wales with her family to work in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Low Secure Hospital (CAMH’s). Working with the sister company she delivered Occupational Therapy to adults in the community who had learning disabilities and helped to set up and open a new day service for adults with learning disabilities.
Experienced as an assessor for Personal Independent Payments Jasmine also worked as a Band 6 Locum OT primarily within a Community Resource Team; ensuring safe discharge to home and hospital avoidance for people who had sustained an injury or illness or were no longer coping at home.
Jasmine is leading the OT team at Cygnet Brunel.
Claire graduated from University of Reading UK in 1989 with BA (Hons) in Linguistics and Language Pathology. She has worked as a Speech Language Therapist for over 25 years with a wide range of clients including Deaf children, adults with cochlear implants, and adults with intellectual disability.
She began working with adults with brain injury in New Zealand in 2006 and since then has specialised in neurological recovery and rehabilitation. She has extensive experience and training in client centred rehabilitation and dysphagia (swallowing difficulties).
She is passionate about maximising speaking and swallowing recovery for people with neurological injury and now specialises in working with people with brain injury and mental health diagnoses. Claire also volunteers at the Re voice Choir for people with Aphasia (speech and language difficulty following brain injury) at University of West England, Bristol.
Annie graduated from her Speech and Language Therapy degree at Plymouth Marjon University, in 2018. She had previously studied Politics and Philosophy at Southampton University before travelling all the way round Australia. She has worked in healthcare since 2008.
Since qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist she has worked with adults in an inpatient and outpatient setting, supporting communication and swallowing disorders with a range of people including those affected by stroke, progressive neurological conditions, dementia and varied voice difficulties.
Annie has a passion for supporting communication and enabling social and emotional wellbeing, ensuring people are provided the space and support to be listened to. As well as ensuring quality of life around eating and drinking.
Yasmin began her career working in supported living environments, then moved to working with Young Adults engaging with prison rehabilitation programmes across the South West. Trained in NLP emotional and behavioural coaching, and motivation interviewing Yasmin works to adapt programmes to suit individuals with Autism, ADHD and psychiatric diagnoses.
Yasmin holds a BSc in Forensic Psychology and is currently completing an MSc in Applied Neuropsychology with University of Bristol. Yasmin is passionate about applied research that will introduce flexible and forward thinking psychological care, including the use of technology and outdoor behavioural care to enhance transitions between services; and is keen to develop reflective practice and staff training and support within hospital settings.
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