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Meet the Team

Mark Varney - Hospital Manager

Mark has been a Qualified Mental Health Nurse since 1988 and trained in Derby at Pastures Hospital. He spent the majority of his career working at Millbrook Unit in Mansfield as a Ward Nurse before progressing to ward manager. In June 2003 Mark became Care Programme Approach lead for North Nottinghamshire and was promoted to Trust CPA manager in 2005. Mark was also for many years a trainer in breakaway, restraint and PSTS. Mark joined Cygnet Health in May 2009.

Lucy Johnson - General Manager

Lucy has been with Cygnet Hospital Derby since opening in 2010; she initially worked within the medical administration department for several years and implemented efficient and accurate systems that changed the way medical administration works within the hospital.

Following promotion to General Manager in 2017, Lucy is now the responsible line manager of Reception and the wider Admin team, as well as all non-clinical staff including the estates and catering teams. Working with individual team members, Lucy ensures the non-clinical departments run smoothly to meet targets and provides support to management and other departments as required.

Marie Howlett - Acting Clinical Manager

Marie qualified as a nurse having completed her degree at Kings College London. She has worked for Cygnet for over 3 years, having started her career with Cygnet at Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke with experience in male acute services, whereby she took a lead role in taking the ward through the AIMs process leading to an excellent accreditation being awarded. She then went on to specialise in inpatient personality disorder services. She has worked as a Staff Nurse, Clinical Team Leader and progressed to Ward Manager of Alvaston Ward in July 2016, re-locating to Cygnet Hospital Derby. Marie has learned a lot about the Clinical Manager role and began acting as Clinical Manager in 2020.

Marie has a passion for ensuring that patients are always placed at the centre of their care and least restrictive practice principles are at the heart of the service.

Dr Pavan Chal - Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Pavan Chahl began practising at Cygnet Hospital Derby in August 2010 on Wyvern Unit, our mental health rehabilitation service. Dr Chahl has brought with him a wealth of experience both medically and in his patient management style. Dr Chahl keenly looks for service user feedback to improve service provision and experience. Dr Chahl has a detailed understanding of how a team should work in a complex area such as rehabilitation and he always ensures all voices are heard.

Dr Jenny Dale - Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Dale has been a consultant in general adult psychiatry for the last 10 years, with experience of treating a wide range of complex mental health conditions. She trained at the University of Birmingham Medical School and did her basic and higher specialist training in the West Midlands.

Jenny has a particular interest in psychosis, complex trauma conditions (including the use of trauma-sensitive yoga), and the role of the Arts in challenging stigma. She has also been involved in medical education and has held posts as Honorary Clinical/Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Birmingham.

Dr Tamal De – Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Tamal De, FRCPsych, is an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist with specialist accreditation in General Psychiatry, Old Age Psychiatry as well as Liaison Psychiatry. Dr De trained in various regions of the UK in multiple specialties. He worked within the UK as Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director with the NHS for many years before joining the Independent sector in 2019.

He believes in delivering excellence in clinical services through teamwork, training and professionalism and takes a great interest in improving professional training and development within organisations as well as developing services to meet evolving commissioning needs. He enjoys working with patients having complex and diverse difficulties including with personality and takes an eclectic approach to treating the client group on Alvaston Ward.

Dr Arif Rahman - Specialty Doctor

Dr Rahman has a Master’s in Public Health Degree, Core Psychiatry Training and Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry from College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr Rahman has been working as a Speciality Doctor at Cygnet Hospital Derby since 2017 covering Wyvern Ward and his special interests are General Adult and Forensic Psychiatry.

Dr Melissa Chelliah - Specialty Doctor

Dr Chelliah is our newest addition to the Speciality Doctors at Cygnet Hospital Derby and has an experienced background in Mental Health and Personality Disorders, teamed with her caring and understanding nature, she is the perfect addition to Alvaston Ward.

Dr Robert Bartram - Specialty Doctor

Dr Bartram has been with Cygnet Hospital Derby since 2018 and covers Litchurch Ward, having an experienced background within Mental Health and many different diagnosis, understanding how different conditions and physical status interlink.

Louise Arthur - Litchurch Ward Manager

Louise has been a Registered Mental Health Nurse since March 2008. She has worked in acute and forensic settings before commencing her employment at Cygnet Hospital Derby in 2011. Louise started working at Cygnet as a Senior Staff Nurse and progressed on to become Deputy Ward Manager and in September 2015 was appointed Ward Manager of Litchurch Ward. Louise acted as Clinical Manager in early 2020 and gained further insight into the role, helping staff implement the new Incident Management System.

Louise completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychosocial Interventions in 2012. Louise is the Infection Control Lead at Cygnet Hospital Derby and continually points out areas of improvement and feeds back findings at the Infection Control Meetings. Her passion outside of work is walking her dogs and baking.

Louise Bannister - Wyvern Ward Manager

Prior to qualifying as an RMN in 2006 Louise worked in Medium Secure and PICU settings as an HCA. From 2006 to 2012 Louise worked in Female PD Low Secure Services initially as a Staff Nurse and then as a Clinical Team Leader and Clinical Team Manager. Louise joined Cygnet Hospital Derby in September 2012 and has been Ward Manager on Wyvern Unit (Male Locked Rehab) ever since.

Since 2010 Louise has been involved in the implementation and running of the Recovery and Outcomes Groups and is currently the East Midlands Lead for secure services. Louise is also an Event Facilitator for the National Service User Awards, supporting the Service User Events Team to facilitate the event. She is also the Recovery College Lead for Cygnet Hospital Derby working with a team of service users on this project.

Andrea Watson – Lead Psychologist

Andrea started work with Cygnet in 2014 as Forensic Psychologist and officially became Lead psychologist in 2016. Andrea has several qualifications in Psychology and has worked as a qualified psychologist for many years. Andrea aims to provide the highest standard of psychological services to service users.

Andrea carries out assessments of Service Users before admission to the hospital, runs Psychology groups such as DBT sessions and other 1:1 sessions with Service Users, she communicates with the clinical teams, relatives and commissioners alike, maintaining the CPA 20 standards to a great level and provides reports to the MHA team ready for CPA meetings.

Andrea leads a brilliant and dedicated team of psychologists and assistant psychologists and also trains and supervises students that come for a placement at Cygnet Hospital Derby. Andreas warm, charismatic and caring nature make her the ideal Lead of the psychology team.

Carol Colins – Head of Social Work

Carol started working with Cygnet Hospital Derby in 2012. Carol has a degree in Psychology and a MA in Social Work and has previously worked within community mental health teams, providing support and therapeutic interventions (CBT) for a diverse group of people. Carol moved into working in Low Secure psychiatric hospitals in 2008 and has enjoyed her roles ever since, particularly enjoying working with service users, family and friends.

Sara Egan – Substance Misuse Worker

Sara started as Substance Misuse Worker for Cygnet Hospital Derby in 2013 and continues to improve interventions for service users on all wards. Sara has worked with Substance and Alcohol Misuse for over 21 years.

Sara has experience with hostels helping people resettle back into the community and worked with Addaction for 12 years prior to Cygnet Hospital Derby where she worked as part of a recovery team offering 1:! Psychosocial interventions, group work and complimentary therapies, working within the Criminal Justice System with Tier 3 alcoholics in Derbyshire. Sara uses her experience from the community when working with service users and finds new ways to support and engage service users struggling with addiction, changing packages as her experience in mental health grows.

Nick Hayes - Staff Nurse and PMVA lead Instructor

Nick qualified as an RMN in 2008 at the University of Nottingham and joined Cygnet Derby when it first opened in 2010. Part of Nick’s role on the Locked Rehab ward is working closely with service users to promote independence and engage them in completing care plans to the My Shared Pathway model. As well as working on Wyvern Ward, Nick is the lead PMVA Instructor and delivers PMVA Full Inductions, Refreshers, workshops and Personal Safety training to all staff at the unit in liaison with the Clinical Administrator. Nick supports all wards in the use of PMVA and promotes safer working for staff and service users and guides staff in using therapeutic and low level interventions.

Glen Holmes – Maintenance Manager

Having worked in the building industry for many years, Glen found himself working in the care sector, firstly as a maintenance assistant elsewhere, until he gained the position of Maintenance Manager at Cygnet Hospital Derby. Glen has come to appreciate the care and commitment that we provide for people who need our support and leads a fantastic team of Maintenance Assistants; Paul Brady and Zac Casement who are all committed to the safe maintenance of the building

Nick Poole - Head Chef

Nick is a passionate and driven head chef who has bought his 2 star restaurant skills and knowledge to Cygnet Derby. All food served to guests is derived from our service user menu’s. Nick liaises with service users on a monthly basis. The ethos in his kitchen is local produce, seasonal menu’s and a healthy diet for all with good presentation. Nick is currently undertaking his CIEH Level 4 and relevant courses to enable him to train Staff in Food Hygiene. Out of work Nick enjoys football and spending time with his family.

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