Meet the Team

Victor Takadiwa - Hospital Director

Victor graduated at the University of Wolverhampton as an RMN. He completed a Certificate in Mental Health Law at the University of Northumbria and has a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 Diploma in Management. He has been working in the care sector for 20 years in range of roles in Adults and Children’s Health and Social Care Services, in both NHS, and the independent sector.

His previous roles include, support worker, RMN, senior staff nurse, hospital director, and operations director for mental health and learning disabilities in various clinical settings including acute, rehabilitation and forensic services. Victor has been working within Cygnet for 15 years and is passionate about supporting individuals to reach their personal best.

Grant Stevens - General Manager

Grant has over 20 years’ experience working in various operational management roles in some of the largest healthcare providers both in South Africa and the UK. He relocated to the UK in 2004 where his career focussed mainly in operations and project management and the commissioning of Independent Sector Treatment Centres in partnership with the NHS.

Grant joined Alpha Hospitals, now Cygnet, as the Relationship Manager for the North in August 2014. Prior to that he held the position of Head of Operations Clinical Services at Bupa Home Healthcare. Grant was appointed to the position of General Manager at Cygnet Hospital Bury in January 2016 where he is responsible for the management and functioning of all non-clinical areas of the hospital.

Dr Nikhil Khisty - Medical Director

Dr Khisty trained as a forensic psychiatrist in the North Western Deanery’s Higher Specialist Training Programme. After completing his training and obtaining the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), Dr Khisty was appointed as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in 2009 by the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust (LCFT). He was based at Guild Lodge in Preston. In 2012, he was appointed as the acting Associate Medical Director of the Secure Services of the Trust. He was the Named Doctor for Safeguarding for LCFT. He was an appraiser and an Educational Supervisor.

Dr Khisty is an experienced forensic psychiatrist who has worked in a variety of secure and prison settings. He is an Approved Clinician (AC) for the purposes of the Mental Health Act 1983. His role as the Associate Medical Director (Acting) gave him an opportunity to provide medical leadership to a large forensic service.

Dr Khisty joined Cygnet Hospital Bury in January 2017 as the Medical Director. He believes that leading as a team is equally important as leading a team in delivering a high quality of care.

Sukoluhle Tshuma - Clinical Manager

Having qualified as an RMN at the University of Salford in 2006, Sukoluhle joined Alpha Hospitals (now Cygnet Health) in October of that year and has worked in both the medium and low secure for services for deaf adult males. Sukoluhle progressed to the role of team leader and that of ward manager before being promoted to the role of Clinical Services Manager in September 2014.

Sukoluhle has gained a BSc in Therapeutic Interventions post qualifying and the modules completed included the Personality Disorder Module, the Leading and Management of Change as well as Inteprofessional practice.

Sukoluhle has a strong passion for delivering higher standards of care and quality. She is a Specialist Advisor to the CQC and has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity which has provided her with a wealth of experience in the process of being part of a team that review clinical practice within clinical environments to ensure that care delivered is per the set standards.

Sibo Mbofana - Clinical Manager

Sibo started her career in the business sector as a graduate management trainee. In 2006 Sibo graduated as a mental health nurse from the University of West of Scotland.

She has worked in a range of psychiatric services in both the NHS and private sector. Sibo has also worked in community healthcare with the Personality Disorder Managed Clinical Network in Leeds.

Sibo has a special interest in working with people with a diagnosis of personality disorder and she also enjoys working with teams in managing change, implementing new service developments and turning around underperforming units.

Sibo is passionate about enhancing patient experience through using evidence based practice and patients’ strengths and skills. Sibo’s academic achievements include BSC, MSC in Leadership Management and Change, Advance Practice in CBT, Mentalisation Based Therapy and various psychological therapies. She is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate at Salford University.

Sibo is the Clinical Manager responsible for the hospital's male adult mental health and personality disorder services.

Dannie Farrar - Clinical Quality and Compliance Manager

Dannie qualified as a Registered Nurse in Mental Health in 2004. She has worked in both the NHS and Independent Sectors in acute inpatient, A&E liaison, community, forensic, rehabilitation and high support services. Dannie’s roles have included clinical, leadership and managerial positions. In 2015, Dannie was seconded to NHS England as part of the national Transforming Care programme.

Dannie is a reviewer for the Quality Network for Mental Health Services and for the past three years has been the Practice Education Lead for the hospital in accordance with the Nursing & Midwifery Council requirements for supporting pre-registration nursing students.

Dannie leads by example and has a vested interest in the development of others. Having made the progression through practice development roles to her current position, Dannie's passion and determination in striving for the best standards of patient care remains first and foremost. To sustain good governance and going from strength to strength is something that appeals to Dannie both personally and professionally.

Fanuel Zendera - Senior Practice Development Nurse

Fanuel joined Alpha, now Cygnet, on the 6th September 2005 as a Qualified Mental Health Nurse. He worked in the Male MSU Deaf Services for five years rose to become a Team Leader, before becoming a Ward Manager for an Adult Male LSU. He has vast experience working with Male Hearing MSU /LSU Services.

Fanuel has held the post as substantive CSM for the Deaf and Women Services at Cygnet Bury since January 2016 and recently joined the Clinical Quality and Compliance (CQC) as Snr Practice Development Nurse , he remains committed to lead and be supportive of a team that delivers quality care to all our patients to the satisfaction of all stakeholders. He is also a signing off mentor and a chaplain link person for Cygnet Hospital Bury in recognition of the spiritual needs and wellbeing of our patients.

Jennifer Almond - Headteacher

Jennifer studied for a BSc in Business & Management Studies (Hons) and went on to work as a Business Manager within a secondary school. After completing a PGCE in Vocational Studies: Business, she qualified as a teacher in 2009. Since this time, she has worked in educational leadership positions within secondary schools in Yorkshire as a Head of Department, Head of Faculty and a Lead Practitioner.

In 2013, Jennifer completed an MA in Educational Leadership and Management, followed by the National Professional Qualification of Middle Leadership (NPQML) in 2014 and the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) in 2015. Jennifer is a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstLM), a member of the Chartered College of Teaching, a governor for a secondary school in Huddersfield, and a coach for the DfE ‘Women Leading in Education’ programme.

Jennifer was appointed Headteacher at Cygnet Hospital Bury in January 2017, and is passionate about ensuring the delivery of the highest quality teaching and learning in the school to improve the life chances of young people admitted to the hospital, and working with the wider MDT to provide a holistic pathway to recovery. She believes that education is lifelong and is looking forward to begin studying for the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) in October 2017.

Karen Spencer-Short - Occupational Therapist Lead

Karen has been qualified as an Occupational Therapist for 22 years working with people who have mental health problems, autism, learning disability and physical problems. She has worked in the community, acute, residential; low; medium and high secure with male and female service users.

She has experience in a variety of roles which include managerial and clinical positions, and works hard to maintain her own CPD recently qualifying as a nutritionist. Karen has worked self-employed and in the public and private sector whilst continuing to enjoy teaching and supervising others in the organisation as well. Karen has been in Alpha Hospital, Bury for 2 years working on the female low and medium secure wards, developing the OT patient pathway for the women. Karen is passionate about providing a quality service to the people that she works with to aid them in their recovery.

Clare Shard – Head of Interpreting and Translation Service

Clare has worked as a BSL Interpreter since 1993. She has worked as a community interpreter for Action on Hearing Loss then moved to Leeds in 1995 to establish the Interpreting Service for Leeds City Council. Clare then went on to establish a community service in Blackburn before deciding to specialise in Interpreting in Mental Health and Deafness.

Clare become Head of Interpreting Service in November 2001 and has remained in post ever since. Clare delivers training to BSL interpreters both nationally and locally and has worked in collaboration with York Deaf CAMHS. Clare is involved with developing training for Interpreters that work in First Tier Mental Health Review Tribunals.

Clare’s motivation is to deliver the highest standard of interpreting and translation service to colleagues and service users so they can fully participate in their care, treatment and recovery.

Paul Nightingale - Staff Relations Group Chair

Paul qualified as an RMN from the Royal Berkshire School of Nursing and Midwifery in 1994 before returning to his former background in the hospitality trade. He joined Alpha Hospitals in 2009 working on various services across the site quickly developing a passion for security and transferring to the security team in December 2012.

Paul works closely with service users and staff to develop a more positive approach toward security, by delivering high quality, up to date security training for staff. He has recently completed a NOCN qualification in Education and Training to enable him to deliver this.

Paul became Chair of the Staff Relations Group in May 2016, with the aim of promoting inclusivity and staff involvement and engagement by representing staff views and encouraging team spirit. He believes good staff relations with senior management are imperative to a happy, prosperous and effective hospital team.

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