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After qualifying as an RMN, Amanda worked for two years in the NHS in an acute setting. She then joined St Andrew’s Healthcare in Essex in 2000 as a Deputy Ward Manager within the low secure setting.
She progressed to ward manager, developed a successful Personality Disorder service and went on to manage both the male and female complex needs service. Amanda then achieved promotion to the Clinical Services Manager position and in 2015, the Operations Manager role. Amanda joined Cygnet Hospital Stevenage as Clinical Manager in February 2017 before being appointed Hospital Manager of Cygnet Hospital Colchester in 2019.
Dr Ruja graduated in 1981 in Bucharest (Romania) and practiced medicine in the UK since 1990.
He was involved in national and international research with publications in Lancet, British Journal of Cancer, Cambridge University Press and International Research in Cancer Epidemiology.
He worked as a GP (1998-2001) and held Deputy Chair position for BMA (2013-2017)
Since 2001 his work was concentrated on Psychiatry covering areas of Forensic, Rehabilitation, and since 2001 as Consultant Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disability focusing on ASD (as special interest). He has held positions from Head of service, Lead Consultant and Medical Director.
He joined Cygnet in 2014 and currently he is still involved in Intellectual Disability service at Cygnet Hospital Colchester.
Allison is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who completed her first psychology degree and clinical training in New Zealand, and has worked as a clinical psychologist in the UK since 1992. Allison started out in the NHS working predominantly in adult mental health and primary care services, but also in Child and Family Services and Community Mental Health Teams before specialising in Forensic Services both in the NHS and in the private sector in 1997.
Allison was appointed to a Consultant Clinical Psychologist position in low secure forensic Learning disabilities services in 1999, and has worked as a consultant clinical psychologist across a number of secure inpatient services for patients with a range of mental health problems, learning disabilities, personality disorders, and offending behaviour. Allison has been working for Cygnet Health Care since 2010 and has a particular interest in forensic mental health and personality disorders.
Dr Abida Wiqar joined Cygnet Hospital Colchester in Feb 2019 as a Speciality Doctor. Prior to that she has worked with in various sub specialities of Psychiatry including General adult psychiatry and Adult Home treatment team. She also has experience of working in a female acute ward with patients diagnosed with a variety of mental health diagnosis including Personality disorders. Dr Wiqar is currently based mainly on Highwoods Ward.
Vijeta is a HCPC registered Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist who joined the team in September 2014. Prior to joining Cygnet, Vijeta has worked in a number of roles supporting children, young people and adults with a range of communication disorders, before specialising in working with people with Autism and Learning Disabilities.
Vijeta is responsible for the provision of high quality assessments and interventions relating to Speech, Language and Communication needs of all service users at Cygnet Hospital, Colchester.
Vijeta has an in-depth knowledge of the Transforming Care Agenda, inclusive communication and supports the team to apply the principles of the accessible information standard and 5 good communication standards into all areas of care and treatment.
As well as completing assessments and interventions for communication, Vijeta is dysphagia trained and provides assessment and management of swallowing difficulties in a range of settings.
Kasha earned her first degree in Environmental Protection Engineering from State Higher Vocational School, Department of Polytechnics in Poland and worked as an Engineer for the International Automotive Company therein.
She then earned her second degree in BSc (Hons) Psychology degree from Newcastle University. She has gained her experience working mainly in Autism and Intellectual Disability Specialist Services in North East and Scotland.
She joined Cygnet Hospital at Colchester in October 2018 as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant. She has a number of specialist interest areas including Trauma, Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Conditions with Complex Needs, Mental Health as well as Transactional Analysis. She is currently working towards her qualifications as an Integrative Psychotherapist.
Lidia graduated with a MSc (Hons) degree in Occupational Therapy from University of Essex in 2012. This same year she has joined the team at Cygnet Hospital Colchester.
She has worked closely with patients with diagnoses of Mental Illness, Learning Disability, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Personality Disorder across several units. Lidia is HCPC registered and a member of the College of Occupational Therapists (COT).
Lidia has postgraduate qualification in Sensory Integration and experience in developing individualised Sensory Programmes and Sensory Diets. Lidia has extensive experience of working with patients with complex needs and severe challenging behaviours.
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