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Meet the Team

Gavin Clark - Hospital Manager

Gavin has over 18 years’ experience working in independent mental health care. Following completing a psychology degree he began working as a healthcare worker in a medium secure forensic setting whilst looking to decide which area to specialize in. Preferring the day-to-day contact with service users on the ward, he retrained as a mental health nurse.

Following qualifying in 2007, Gavin returned to work in a secure setting working on male mental illness and personality disorder wards. He took his first steps in to management in 2014, as a Charge Nurse on a 16-bed female personality disorder ward, before becoming Ward Manager of a 24-bed male mental illness and personality disorder ward in 2015. Gavin initially joined Cygnet Harrogate as Clinical Manager in 2018 before taking the role of Hospital Manager in 2020.

Gavin believes in nurturing a strong and supportive team, promoting least restrictive practice, respect and compassion in order to consistently deliver the highest standards of care to service users.

Nishaal Soty - Clinical Manager

Nishaal joined Cygnet Health Care in 2020 as a Clinical Manager, having previously worked for both NHS and Independent sector. He has championed the concepts of humanistic care, promoting care in the community through an effective Crisis / Home treatment approach.

Nishaal brings a wealth of acute experiences which includes assisting in the commissioning of a new independent acute hospital, contributing to research and improving care pathways in the community. He was awarded and recognised by a local MP for winning the clinical team of the year award.

Nishaal is dedicated to building a strong working relationship with inpatients and community services.

Dr Cristina Nevschi - Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Cristina Nevschi is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Cygnet Hospital Harrogate. She joined the team in January 2020. She has worked as a psychiatrist for almost 16 years in multiple settings including Acute/PICU, Rehabilitation and Forensic units and Neurocognitive/dementia service.

Dr Ann Joseph - Consultant Psychiatrist & Medical Lead

Dr Ann Joseph is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Cygnet Hospital Harrogate and also the Medical Lead, having joined the team in September 2017. She has worked in both the NHS and Independent Sector for almost 25 years in multiple settings.

Trudy Chapman - General Manager

Trudy joined Cygnet Harrogate in 2015, initially on a temporary contract. She took over managing the HR department in 2016 and then became Administration Manager. Following a promotion to General Manager in 2019 Trudy is now responsible for running all of the non-clinical side of the hospital including estates, catering, admin and housekeeping.

Trudy is passionate about delivering a safe and comfortable environment for patients and staff and is committed to ensuring the hospital runs as smoothly as possible.

Ian Rutter - Sanctuary Ward Manager

Ian has over thirty years of nursing experience and has worked in various fields including acute, community and low secure settings. Prior to joining the team at Cygnet Hospital Harrogate in June 2017 Ian was Clinical Team Leader on Cygnet Hospital Wyke's male acute service. Ian was a key member of staff in the process of setting up and developing that particular service.

Ian is also a qualified teacher and strongly believes in the importance of continuous development and education of staff to improve patient care. He is also committed to the improvement of patient care and the full implementation of the PAD process on Sanctuary Ward.

Jack Hughes - Haven Ward Manager

Jack started as a support worker in an acquired brain injury rehabilitation unit. He qualified as an RNLD in 2013 and went on to work in a medium secure hospital; working on male learning disability and mental illness/personality disorder wards. He joined Cygnet in 2018 as a Clinical Team Leader and was appointed Haven Ward Manager in September 2020.

Jack is calm, approachable and organised as a person and tries to instil this within his staff team.

Lauren Oakley – Social Worker

Lauren Oakley is the Social Worker at Cygnet Hospital Harrogate. Lauren joined the team in January 2019 following completion of her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work, during which time she worked within adult safeguarding and mental health teams. Prior to this, Lauren worked in a community care setting for a number of years.

In 2020 Lauren was awarded Cygnet's Social Worker of the Year award.

Neil Voakes - Occupational Therapy Lead

Neil has worked as a qualified Occupational Therapist for Cygnet Health Care since 2007. Neil has experience of working across multiple service lines including Acute, PICU, Low Secure and Personality Disorder. In 2019 Neil completed a post graduate certificate in Sensory Integration level 3 to gain Sensory Integration Practitioner status. Neil is currently employed as a Regional Occupational Therapist Lead and Head Occupational Therapist at Cygnet Hospital Harrogate.

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