Meet the Team

Dr Maqsood Ahmad - Medical Director

Dr Ahmad completed his higher psychiatric training in London, and was appointed as a Consultant Psychiatrist at Charing Cross Hospital, London; one of the major teaching hospitals in the country.

He joined Cygnet Hospital Stevenage from Alpha Hospitals, an independent provider of medium/low secure and mental health rehabilitation services. He worked there for over seven years as a Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director, and helped develop their medium secure mental illness and low secure PD services from scratch. Previously he has played a pivotal role in establishing a brand new psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) in Goodmayes Hospital, North East London NHS Foundation Trust.

He has a special interest in the treatment of service users suffering from complex mental health problems, including those with substance misuse and personality disorders, for which he tends to use an eclectic approach.

Nikki Brooke - General Manager

Nikki joined Cygnet Hospital Stevenage from the Prison Service in 2016 where she had gained over 12 years experience as a Custodial Manager.

Nikki has a proven track record of ensuring that standards and service targets are met. She believes in the importance of developing a genuine team spirit and ensuring the team understand how they fit into the needs of the hospital and its patients.

In her spare time Nikki enjoys swimming and umpiring for her local hockey club.

Alice Zimba - Interim Clinical Manager

Alice has been qualified as a nurse since 2005 and has added to her knowledge and experience by doing a BSc in intensive forensic mental health in 2011. Working across the NHS and private sector, Alice has gained valuable experience across a wide range of roles including staff nurse, clinical team leader, ward manager and interim hospital manager.

Alice particularly enjoys working with adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues, especially those with challenging behaviours, forensic needs, personality disorders, self-harm, autism, and enduring mental health problems. Since joining Cygnet in 2015 Alice has worked as Team Leader and Ward Manager on low and medium secure female services. Alice is currently, Interim Clinical Manager.

Gemma White - Chamberlain Ward Manager

Gemma has worked in health care since 2005 where she began her career as a health care assistant. She progressed to become a nurse, qualifying in 2009. Since qualification she has worked primarily in acute mental health settings, gaining a robust understanding of adult acute psychiatry.

Gemma began her career working for the NHS in central London for 4 years, 2 of which were spent as part of a team that successfully set up a pilot Triage ward. She then joined a service in Milton Keynes as a Clinical team leader where she made a considerable contribution towards bringing the service in alignment with CQC requirements. Gemma enjoys working as a manager on Chamberlain Ward which she finds challenging, interesting and rewarding.

Tom Ratheram - Orchid Ward Manager

Tom has worked in mental health since 2009, initially as a support worker on acute wards within the NHS. He completed his nursing qualification at the University of Bedfordshire before working as a Staff Nurse on acute wards for both males and females.

Tom moved to Cygnet Hospital Stevenage working on Saunders ward as a Clinical Team Leader in October 2015. Since joining the team at Stevenage, he has moved on to support Peplau, Pattison and Orchid wards as the Ward Manager. He loves working in mental health and is passionate about providing the best care for the patients and ensuring they are at the forefront of any decisions being made about their care.

Dr Tammy Wachter - Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Programmes

Tammy is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Cognitive Analytic Therapy practitioner and Supervisor, Dialectical Behavioural Therapist and expert witness. Tammy is a Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. She has had experience both in the community and in forensic settings, in NHS and the independent sector. Her expertise and interest are in the area of personality disorders. Tammy joined Cygnet Hospital Stevenage as the Head of Therapy Programmes in November 2013.

Laura Baker – Head of Occupational Therapy

Laura qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2011 and has since gained a wide range of experience in a variety of mental health settings, including acute adult psychiatry, older adult’s psychiatry, community outreach, the prison service, specialist ASD low security and forensic mental health.

The Occupational Therapy department provides specialist support to empower people to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers preventing them from doing the activities (or occupations) that matter to them. Laura is keen to promote the principles of the recovery approach within the provision of Occupational Therapy through holistic and person-centered care, empowering and strengths-based approaches that cultivate hope for the future.

Rob White – Interim Head of Social Work and Safeguarding Lead

Rob has 10 year’s experience in the social work field, starting with working with a homeless charity in London and Mind. Rob has experience working in a range of settings including mental health resource centres and community mental health teams. Rob joined Cygnet as a newly qualified social worker in 2015 having completed his training at Middlesex University.

Since starting at Cygnet Hospital Stevenage Rob has worked across all wards as a social worker before becoming Interim Head of Social Work and Safeguarding Lead. Rob has extensive knowledge of safeguarding and has formed positive links with external agencies to promote best practice within our hospital.

Jemma Lacey - Office Manager

Jemma started her employment with Cygnet Hospital in 2010 as CPA Co-ordinator. In 2011 Jemma was promoted to Administration Manager and then on to Office Manager in 2013. Jemma oversees the administration team and function within the hospital andall contractual requirements such as CQUIN and KPIs.

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