Meet the Team

Hilary Marton - Acting Clinical Manager

Hilary graduated with a BHSc (Hons) degree in Occupational Therapy from York St John University. She has worked in a variety of settings covering both physical and mental health including community and inpatient settings. Hilary has extensive experience of working within medium and low secure services, with both male and female patients.

She has worked closely with patients with diagnoses of Personality Disorder, Mental Illness, Learning Disability and Eating disorders. Hilary is HCPC registered, a member of the College of Occupational Therapists (COT), COT Specialist Section for Mental Health (COTSSMH) and COT Specialist Section for Independent Practitioners (COTSSIP).

Dr Sidhartha Hakim - Medical Director

Dr Hakim is an experienced CAMHS consultant psychiatrist with eleven years experience of providing specialist care to young people in an inpatient environment. Prior to joining Cygnet Health Care Dr Hakim has contributed to the development of Tier 4 inpatient services in Lincolnshire. With a consistent focus on quality and on improving standards, he has overseen this service progressing to being one of a handful of services nationally, that have received accreditation by Quality Network in Inpatient CAMHS (QNIC).

Dr Hakim is passionate about improving the quality of care provided to patients and families whilst receiving inpatient treatment. As Medical Director Dr Hakim’s focus is on on continuously improving the quality of care provided at Cygnet Hospital Sheffield and getting service users and families actively involved in enabling delivery of excellent quality care.

Chris Headford - General Manager

Chris joined Alpha Hospital now Cygnet Hospital Sheffield in 2015. Chris’s background in healthcare comes from mental health services in the NHS and GP Practice. Chris joined as Office Manager with responsibility for the administration and front of house functions to the hospital, she was appointed into the position of General Manager in April 2016 and is responsible for the management and functioning of all non-clinical areas of the hospital.

Chris has a proven track record of ensuring that standards and service targets are met, she believes the importance of developing a genuine team spirit and ensuring the team meets the needs of the hospital and service users.

Mike Chendambuya - Griffin Ward Manager

Mike qualified as a mental health nurse in 2007 at Salford University and has since worked in various mental health services within the NHS before joining the team at Cygnet Hospital Sheffield.

Mike initially worked on the female low secure service at as a team leader before moving on to the manage the women's rehabilitation ward. Mike is currently overseeing the mentoring of the newly qualified nurses during their preceptorship programme.

Jamie-Leigh Dakin - Pegasus View Ward Manager

Jamie has a Psychology BSc degree in addition to her post-graduate diploma in Mental Health Nursing from Nottingham University. She has a number of years’ experience nursing in various inpatient services including CAMHS, and is currently undertaking further post-graduate study in child, adolescent and family mental health interventions at Sheffield Hallam University.

Jamie has a particular interest in the Recovery Approach and service user involvement in the delivery of a high-quality, person-centred service.

Alicia Curtis - Unicorn Ward Manager

Alicia is a qualified learning disability nurse with an additional degree in mental health nursing. Alicia started her career nursing within medium and low secure forensic services before progressing to management within locked rehabilitation and community services.

Alicia has many years’ experience leading teams working in both adult and adolescent services across England. Alicia is currently studying a Master’s Degree in Autism Spectrum at Sheffield Hallam University.

Jo Dawes - Social Work Lead

Jo has been a social worker at Cygnet Hospital Sheffield since 2014 and became Lead Social Worker and Safeguarding Lead for the hospital in May 2016.

Jo gained her BA (Hons) Social Work Studies Degree from Sheffield Hallam University in June 2011. She later worked with an assertive outreach team in the community and has also worked in drug and alcohol services. Jo is an assistant scout leader in her spare time and enjoys working with young people to help them develop a sense of belonging and wellbeing.

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