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Meet the Team

Hilary Marton - 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 Consultant Child and Adolescent psychiatrist with experience of providing specialist care to young people in an inpatient environment since 2006. 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.

Dr Claire Atkinson - Consultant Psychiatrist

Clare started as a consultant in the NHS in 2004 following completion of her higher training in child and adolescent psychiatry in Newcastle upon Tyne and has worked with older adolescents in an outpatient setting since that time and believes strongly that young people need to be active in the decisions that affect their lives whatever setting their care is delivered in.

Prior to joining Cygnet in November 2017 Clare worked in an adolescent crisis team that managed unwell young people in the community so she has a focus on safe early discharge to a less restrictive setting whilst balancing this with an understanding of the risks that cannot be safely managed in the community.

Dr Victoria Khromova - Consultant Psychiatrist

Victoria started as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the NHS in 2015 after completing her Higher Specialist training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Sheffield. Having always enjoyed inpatient work, Victoria started her Consultant career working in a General Adolescent psychiatric inpatient ward at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital where she managed complex mental health difficulties including depression, psychosis, autistic spectrum disorder, eating disorders and emerging personality disorders. She continued to work there until she joined Cygnet in 2020.

Teaching has also been a big passion for Victoria and she completed her MSc in Clinical Education and participated extensively in teaching medical students and other professionals on a range of CAMHS related topics throughout her training and consultant career.

Dr Kumar Buggineni-Surendra - Consultant Psychiatrist

Kumar has been a Consultant Psychiatrist in NHS since 2013 and has had experience of working in community and inpatient settings. Prior to joining Cygnet Hospital Sheffield, he has been a Consultant on an inpatient Acute Female Mental Health Unit for 6 years and has worked with patients with complex mental health difficulties and personality disorders. During this period he contributed to the quality and safety procedures of the ward, leading to it being awarded AIMS accreditation by The Royal College of psychiatrists, a national bench mark for quality and safety. He contributed to the overall performance of the ward, and also the overall service development, in collaboration with the organisation and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Kumar joined Cygnet Hospital Sheffield to continue his passion for recovery focussed work with patients who have complex mental health issues/ personality disorders, by working in collaboration with other MDT professionals and the wider support system.

Besides clinical work, Kumar is a GMC approved medical educator, medical appraiser and appraiser trainer. He has delivered academic presentations on topics of his clinical interest on Neuropsychiatry and Personality disorders, and published in peer reviewed journals of The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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.

Alicia Curtis - CAMHS Service Lead

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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