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Meet the Team

Sarah Jenks - Hospital Manager

Sarah graduated at Wolverhampton University in 2006 where she completed her Nursing degree. Sarah gained experience working with clients with learning disabilities, before joining Cygnet in 2011 at Sedgley. She then transferred to Cedars in 2012 to become Head of Care before joining the Elms team in 2013.

Sarah was appointed Hospital Manager in 2017. Since the uptake of this position, Sarah has worked to achieve an Outstanding CQC inspection at Elms in 2018, receiving Outstanding in all 5 domains. Sarah strives to keep a happy, positive unit, ensuring that both patient and staff voices are heard. Sarah is happiest when enjoying time with friends and family.

Dr Saseekala Thalumayil – Clinical Psychologist

Dr Saseekala Thalumayil is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who joined Cygnet Broughton Lodge a residential service for people with autism in 2015 and then moved to Cygnet Cedars and Elms in 2017. Prior to joining Cygnet, she worked in South West London in Vista Healthcare, an independent hospital as the Lead Psychologist for adults with Learning Disabilities and Autism for four years.

Dr Thalumayil started her career in Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, India. She then moved on as Principal Education Officer (Educational Psychologist) in Botswana for eight years and was the first Psychologist in the Ministry of Education-Division of Special education. She also played a key role in setting up of the Psychology service. Dr Thalumayil has over twenty three years’ experience working with both children and adults with learning disabilities and autism. Her passion has always been to work and support people with autism and to make a difference in their lives.

Dr Saleha Jeba - Specialty Doctor

Dr Saleha Jeba is a Specialty Doctor who joined Cygnet Sedgley House and Sedgley Lodge in August 2017 and then moved to Cygnet Cedars and Elms in November 2017. Prior to joining Cygnet, she worked in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire and Coventry for six years.

Saleha graduated from Dhaka University in 2003 where she completed her MBBS degree. Saleha gained her GMC registration to practice her medical career in UK after completing her PLAB exams in 2011 in UK. Saleha has gained experience working in deaf mental health services, mother and baby units, PICU, dementia, autism spectrum disorder, learning disability and eating disorder services.

Caragh Allbright – Speech & Language Therapist

Caragh first started her career as a Speech and Language Therapist working in the court system supporting those with mental health needs and learning disabilities to understand and engage in the court process, ensuring a fair and equal trial. This grounded Caragh’s knowledge of those being managed through legal processes, under police detention and also the Ministry of Justice.

Since 2013 Caragh has worked in the private healthcare system helping those with learning disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders and has gained a strong portfolio of skills and knowledge. Caragh is skilled in autism diagnostics and will routinely provide collaborative assessments across a range of service lines.

Caragh has been instrumental in promoting SLT student placements within Cygnet and will strive to advance this practice across all service lines in order to positively influence our future workforce; Caragh has a strong focus for innovation, research and establishing good practice.

Amie Reeves – Assistant Speech & Language Therapist

After graduating from university where she studied Linguistics BA hons, Amie worked as a support worker for service users with learning disabilities in a supported living setting for 5 years. After this she joined the mental health sector and worked as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant in a secure mental health hospital in Birmingham.

Amie joined Cygnet Elms in May 2020 as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant. During her free time she enjoys baking and going on long walks.

Rebecca Sewell – Occupational Therapist

Becky is an Occupational Therapist, graduating from Coventry University in 2010. She joined Cygnet initially working as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and progressed to a Senior Occupational Therapy role. Throughout her time at Cygnet, Becky has provided therapy across three Cygnet hospitals, Raglan House, Cedars and Elms.

She has gained experience working with a variety of service users with complex mental health and learning disability needs. Becky is passionate about working closely with service users to increase their access to meaningful activity and promoting social inclusion.

Nicola Saunders – Assistant Psychologist

After completing a BSc in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam and her MSc in Clinical Psychological Research at Keele University in 2015, Nicola began working as an Assistant Psychologist in Learning Disability services. She joined Cygnet in 2017 where she worked alongside a Clinical Psychologist providing support for males and females in rehabilitation environments.

Nicola then spent a year working as an Assistant Psychologist for a military charity, before returning to Cygnet Elms in 2019. Alongside working at Elms, she is completing a Forensic Psychology Doctorate course at the University of Birmingham. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and baking.

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