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Meet the Team

Josh Tapp - Hospital Manager

Josh qualified as a Mental Health Nurse with a Post Graduate Diploma from Southampton University. Prior to qualifying, from 2010, Josh worked across Acute and PICU settings as a healthcare support worker within the NHS on the Isle of Wight. After qualifying Josh returned to the Isle of Wight to work as a Staff Nurse on a PICU.

Josh joined Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke in 2015, initially working as a Staff Nurse on the Acute service, supporting the team in AIMs accreditation. He was promoted to Clinical Team Leader in 2016 and went onto work across Acute and Low Secure, before working on a Female Personality Disorder service.

In 2018 Josh was promoted to Interim Ward Manager firstly for the Female Personality Disorder service and then a Female Locked Rehabilitation service, before being appointed Ward Manager of a Female Low Secure service.

In 2019 Josh transferred to Cygnet Hospital Taunton and took up the post of Clinical Manager, becoming part of the team that manages Learning Disability, Male Acute Working Age and Older Adult Acute services.

Josh is passionate about patient centred care and multidisciplinary work to achieve the best outcomes for patients in our care.

Nome Njini - Acting Clinical Manager

Nome has over 10 years’ experience working in various mental health settings including Psychiatric Intensive Care, Older Adults, Adults of Working Age and CAMHS with a primary focus of advocating and supporting people whilst in crisis.

Nome was appointed Ward Manager of Sandford Ward in May 2017 and intends to provide a safe and therapeutic environment in which people in crisis can be supported in recovery.

Dr Dave Barker - Medical Director

Dr Barker initially trained in General Psychiatry from 1992 at the University College London (UCL). He became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1995. In 2004, he completed higher specialist training (CCST) as a Clinical Research Fellow and Lecturer in North and East London, specialising in Forensic Psychiatry.

He gained a Masters in Medical Anthropology from the UCL in 1998 and a Masters in Philosophy and History of Science from the University of Bristol in 2019. He was recently a Visiting Fellow and Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. Dr Barker has published a number of scientific papers in important peer-reviewed journals, including the British Journal of Psychiatry, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Archives of General Psychiatry and Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.

Dr Barker worked as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke for over 12 years until 2018 where he had responsibility for male and female low secure rehabilitation in the past, and later the male acute and male PICU services. Dr Barker has a special interest in first episode psychosis, schizophrenia and violence, anthropology and philosophical psychiatry.

Dr Barker joined the team at Cygnet Hospital Taunton in June 2017 and became Medical Director in September of the same year. He is responsible for 16 of the male acute beds (Sycamore Ward) at the hospital. He is the CPD Lead for the South West Region.

Glenys Hanlon - General Manager

Glenys has over 30 years of senior management experience, 20 years of which are within the healthcare sector. She has project managed a number of new builds and supported Registered Managers in day to day operations. Glenys has worked at Cygnet Hospital Taunton since 2010 and is responsible for all non-clinical staff and services across the unit including HR, health and safety, budgets and IT systems.

Dr Katika Varadi - Head of Psychological Services, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Katika Varadi is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has more than 15 years’ experience within both the NHS and private services. She completed her formal education with a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology in 2004 at BO University in Padua, Italy. She has further completed a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT therapy at the Istitute of Cognitive and Behavioural Terapy, Padua, Italy. Dr Varadi is HCPC registered since 2014.

Since completing her education, she has held clinical posts in a wide range of inpatient and outpatient clinical settings, working for both NHS and private providers, and also in private practice.

Dr Varadi’s main clinical interests and experience have been in psychosis, personality disorder, eating disorders and ASD.

Dr Varadi has been working for Cygnet Heath Care since September 2016, first as Head of Psychology for the Adult Autism Services South (ADAS), and then in addition being appointed Head of the Psychological Services at Cygnet Hospital Taunton in January 2019.

Jo Sheward - Ward Manager (Sycamore and Peacocks)

Jo started her career as a support worker in the NHS in 2002, working with working age adults undertaking detoxification and rehabilitation in inpatient substance misuse services. Jo then expanded to working with children and younger adults up to the age of 25 in community substance misuse services.

Jo then trained as mental health nurse at the University of Southampton where she graduated as registered mental health nurse with an advanced diploma, before going on to undertake her degree and receiving a BN (Hons) from University of Southampton. While studying, Jo spent three years working as a support worker in mental health Inpatient acute, PICU and Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Services.

On qualifying, Jo worked as a staff nurse, before becoming a senior nurse where she worked within adult acute and PICU services. In 2017 Jo obtained post of ward manager for a 20 bed acute inpatient service within the NHS. Following this, Jo moved from Hampshire to Somerset where she began work within Cygnet Hospital Taunton in July 2019 on the 9 bed working age adult acute ward. Since then Jo has been ward managing the men's acute service at the hospital.

Teresa Cresswell - Ward Manager (Redwood)

Teresa is a qualified nurse in both learning disabilities and mental health. She has over 30yrs experience as a qualified nurse working with both adults and children with; learning disabilities, autism and mental health difficulties.

Commencing her career when aged 16yrs as a volunteer in her local learning disability hospital, then joining the team as a support worker when the children moved into the community. Teresa has worked predominately in the NHS, but also some time in the private sector.

Stuart Hooper - Active Life Lead

Stuart is our Active Life Lead, engaging our service users in enrichment activities, helping them in staying active through 1 to 1 or group physical engagement session at an intensity which suites their needs. Stuart has developed, introduced and implemented the “Empower Project” in all four of the south west hospitals. The project is a programme designed to support Cygnet staff from HCA, OTA, RMN and many others from the multidiscipline team, in becoming Activators.

Stuart is a registered and accredited performance coach who has over 16 years teaching experience. He has always had a passion to introduce students, patients and colleagues to the many opportunities sport has to offer, whilst developing and improving themselves.

Stuart is leading Cygnet Health Care into developing new and exciting partnerships within sport, national governing bodies and education to broaden the exposure of the Cygnet brand whilst continuing to provide outstanding levels of service to our service users, partners and fellow colleagues within the southwest.

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