Meet the Team

Amanda Albano - Hospital Manager

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 Humphrey Enow – Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Enow trained in medicine at the University of Jos, Nigeria, and later completed a Master’s degree in Psychiatric Practice at the University of Hertfordshire, England where he won the University's Flare Ignite Award.

Dr Enow has been a member of the Royal College of Psychiatry since 2013 and completed his specialty training in Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability in 2016. He has been working in different roles as a consultant psychiatrist since then.

Dr Emanoel Ruja - Consultant Psychiatrist

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.

Dr Allison Sebley - Consultant Clinical Psychologist

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 Mark Gentry – Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Mark Gentry completed a post graduate MSc in Health Psychology at United Medical Schools of Guys and St Thomas’ in 1997. He went on to qualify as a Clinical Psychologist in 2002 with a Doctoral Degree from University of East London. Since working for East London and City Mental Health Trust in Recovery Services from 2002 to 2006, he has had a varied career working for several NHS and private providers. He has extensive experience and special interests in Personality Disorders, Trauma, Learning Disabilities, Psychosis, and other complex Mental Health problems.

Most recently, he worked at The Churchill Hospital in London between 2012 and 2016, before joining Cygnet Hospital Colchester in March 2017 as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. He has played an active role in helping develop the Flower Adams Unit for women with Personality Disorders, and looks forward to contributing to the provision of excellent clinical services with Psychology at their core.

Dr Rachel Loyd – Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 1996, Rachel has worked in both the NHS and independent hospitals. Before joining Cygnet in 2015, she worked for both Partnerships in Care and Danshell in London and Essex. Her experience covers Low Secure Forensic Services, Personality Disorder Services and Recovery and Rehabilitation Services. Rachel has a keen interest in Mental Health, Intellectual Disability, Autistic Spectrum Conditions and Clinical Risk Assessment.

Lucy Palmer - Head of Care Flower Adams Unit

Lucy qualified as a Registered Nurse after completing her BSc at Bournemouth University, graduating with First Class Honours. Lucy has both clinical and managerial nursing experience, working within inpatient and community settings. Starting her career within the NHS, Lucy joined Cygnet in 2017. She has worked with and supported people with a range of diagnoses, including Personality Disorder, Autism and Learning Disabilities; many of whom have had dual diagnoses and suffered with complex mental health needs or challenging behaviour.

Lucy is most looking forward to implementing the therapeutic programme that she and the team have worked hard to develop, a programme designed specifically for women with a primary diagnosis of Personality Disorder. Lucy is passionate about making a change to people’s lives and is motivated to ensure that positive changes can happen for people here at Cygnet Hospital Colchester.

Lidia Karkocha – Occupational Therapist

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.

Jacqui James - Physical Health Nurse

Jacqui has worked in the NHS for 39 years. She has worked as an Ophthalmic Nurse, having trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital and also worked in A & E during the 1980’s. She worked as a Night Nurse in the private sector when her son Simon was a baby, before then working as a District Nurse for many years completing her degree in District Nursing at the age of 40. Jacqui also has experience as a Community Matron, Continence Nurse Specialist and as a Practice Nurse in a GP surgery.

Jacqui joined Cygnet Hospital Colchester in January 2018 as the hospital's Physical Health Nurse. Her hobbies include singing, snorkelling, traveling ,cooking and most of all laughing.

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