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Meet the Team

Therisa Galazka - Hospital Manager

Therisa has been a Registered Mental Health Nurse for 24 years and a Hospital Director for 12 of them. In addition to her Nursing Degree, she holds a BSc in Professional Practice and a Specialist Practitioner Award. Therisa is experienced in commissioning and de-commissioning services, and the Operational Management of Mental Health Services both within the NHS and Independent sector. In 2020 she was also awarded the Inspirational Nurses Award for her commitment, dedication and initiative in managing one the worst outbreaks of COVID-19.

Therisa is new to the Cygnet family having been appointed as the Registered Manager at Kewstoke Hospital in November 2021. Prior to her current role, Therisa’s experience and passion predominantly falls with Acute, PICU and Secure services and she is proud to have been part of the Team that set up one of the first pioneering female Forensic MSU Units in Wales (2000), repatriating service users from High Secure services.

Therisa is highly motivated to excel in service delivery and to continuously review, develop and improve practice to meet all stakeholder expectations, current legislation, regulatory standards and operational policy. She is driven and committed in leading and supporting the Kewstoke Team, where an open and democratic culture help to grow the service and define its future direction… exciting times ahead!

Mike Kambasha - Clinical Manager

Since qualifying as an RMN at de Montfort Univerisy in Leicester, Mike now has over 10 years practising as a registered mental health nurse with experience in a variety of psychiatric settings.

Mike joined Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke in November 2006 from the NHS, initially working as Clinical Team Leader within a male complex needs rehabilitation service. Mike was promoted to Ward Manager of a female service in April 2009 and has over 4 years leading a team that provide a structured therapeutic recovery programme for those whose psychiatric condition results in continuing or ongoing disturbed complex challenging behaviour.

Lorna Matthews - General Manager

Lorna has worked for Cygnet Health Care for over 14 years, previously working as Admissions Co-ordinator for the drug and alcohol service at Isham House in Northampton.

In March 2006 Lorna relocated to Somerset to assist in the commissioning of Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke. Following the opening of the hospital in September that year Lorna has remained committed to providing high standards throughout our service departments to ensure our service users’ stay is as comfortable as possible. Lorna continues to be responsible for responding to all enquiries to the service and takes a lead role on the Health and Safety Committee.

Dr Amelia Orchard - Medical Director

Amelia completed her higher specialist training in forensic psychiatry in the West Midlands and has been a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Cygnet Kewstoke since 2014. She has worked on the personality disorder ward, female rehabilitation ward and is currently the Consultant on Milton ward (female low secure). She was appointed medical director at Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke in 2018.

Amelia has special interests in personality disorders, women with complex needs and working collaboratively.

Dr Ewelina Dobrzynska - Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Ewelina Dobrzynska gained her Primary Medical Qualification at Wroclaw Medical University, Poland in 2001. She then went on to specialist training in General Psychiatry and she has been on a Specialist Register with GMC since 2008. In meantime, she also completed a Masters in Music Therapy in 2005 and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy Postgraduate Course in 2008.

Dr Dobrzynska holds the PhD degree in psychiatry. In her research she explored needs of persons with different mental disorders, their satisfaction with services, social functioning and quality of life. She has published a number of scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented results of her research at international conferences.

Dr Dobrzynska joined Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke in 2008 and throughout her time there she has worked on male and female low secure rehabilitation, female personality disorder unit as well as male acute and male PICU services. She has been the consultant on Knightstone Ward, a service for women with a diagnosis of personality disorder, since September 2017.

Dr Dobrzynska has a special interest in combining medication-based treatment with psychological interventions in order to achieve the best possible outcomes. Her practice is grounded in patient-centered, collaborative and compassionate approach to facilitate change and recovery.

Dr Guy Powell - Consultant Psychiatrist

Guy qualified as a Doctor in 1989 and has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist since 1998. He has worked in a variety of community and inpatient settings mostly on acute wards and also Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs).

After a 30 year career in the NHS he joined Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke in 2019. He currently works on Nash ward which is a male PICU and also at The Lodge, female rehabilitation ward. His special interests include the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the care of the acutely unwell patient and developing a positive hospital experience for all patients.

Guy is married and has three children, he enjoys cinema and tennis.

Jane Parkinson - Compliance Manager

Jane commenced her career as a Management Accountant and in September 2006 joined Cygnet. At that time, she devised all the account’s processes for what was the new Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke.

Since joining Kewstoke in 2006 Jane has had various support roles, including Senior Accounts Administrator, Quality Assurance Administrator & Administration Manager.

In May 2019 she was appointed in her current role as Compliance Lead. In this role she coordinates & monitors the quality and standards of all commissioner data reporting & CQUIN submissions, whilst supporting Ward Manager’s in quality improvement networks such as RCPsych AIMS Accreditation, RCPsych Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services, Safewards and monitoring of compliance across the hospital.

Jane is passionate in ensuring providing high standards throughout the hospital.

Joji John - Lodge Ward Manager

Joji trained as an RGN/RMN in India in 1998. He moved to the UK in 2002 and qualified as an RMN here in 2003. Initially he started his career in UK in an EMI nursing home in Taunton before he joined Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke in 2007. At Cygnet he developed his career from a staff nurse to Deputy ward Manager working across a number of services including Male PICU, Female personality disorder, female rehab unit, male and female low secure unit.

Joji has a passion for care, quality and service improvement. Away from work he loves to spend time with his family. And he is also a very talented farmer which he has inherited from his father. He has a passion for everything that he does even if it goes right or wrong- he shows commitment and enthusiasm every day.

Sereiny Dumitru - Sandford Ward Manager

Sereiny gained her BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing at University of the West of England in 2014 and joined Cygnet as soon as she qualified as a nurse. Sereiny has gained experience working as a staff nurse across different services including Female Low Secure, Male PICU and Male Acute services. She then became a Clinical Team Leader to a Female Acute Service before pursuing her interest into managerial position.

Sereiny has the passion and a commitment to high-quality care and ensures the team helps create a positive outcomes for our service users. Away from work she likes adventures and loves to travel, spends time with her family and play golf.

Kirsty Page – Administration Manager

Kirsty has always had a passion to delivering high quality care, she started her career as a home care assistant travelling round to service user’s homes and assisting with a variety of needs from collecting their shopping to assisting them with their personal care. Kirsty then decided to have a change in my career and went on to study in AAT. Kirsty then started to work in Accountancy firms dealing with Bookkeeping, VAT returns and end of year account before joining Cygnet as an Accounts Assistant in 2015.

Kirsty has since been promoted to Administration Manager in 2019 following showing an interest in enhancing her career and knowledge and delivery high standards of care and is currently undertaking a degree in Leadership and Management which Cygnet is putting her through.

Chelsea Cockle - Administration HR Manager

Chelsea joined Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke in October 2021 as an Administration Manager. In January 2022 she started supporting the HR team in recruitment. Chelsea has worked in social care management for 4 years and has been in social care her whole career, she started supporting individuals in their home and supporting the residential and nursing homes. Since the she has been building her experience and qualifications in administration management.

Chelsea started her career in social care to make a positive difference to people’s lives. Chelsea has a passion to support individuals to deliver a high quality care.

Charlotte McGlynn – Compliance Assistant

Charlotte studied Exercise Science Health and Rehabilitation at Bournemouth University before joining Cygnet as a Support Worker in May 2015. Charlotte has worked across numerous settings including acute, PICU and rehabilitation. Charlotte joined the Compliance Team in September 2019 and hopes to commence her nursing studies with Cygnet through the Trainee Nursing Associate Apprenticeship later this year.

Charlotte has a passion for physical health promotion, patient-centred care and patient involvement in service improvement. Outside of work, Charlotte enjoys Irish dancing, photography and painting.

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