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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.

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.

Emma Lock –Ward Manager (Swift Ward)

Emma qualified as a Registered General Nurse with a Post Graduate Diploma from Plymouth University. After qualifying Emma worked within the NHS on an acute surgical ward at Yeovil District Hospital, later going on to work in the Private Health Care Sector. Emma has extensive physical health care experience, and has a passion for the Health and Wellbeing of others. Emma joined Cygnet in 2019 as CTL on the Older Adults Ward, in 2021 Emma was promoted to the Ward Manager of the Older Adults Ward

Maria Harris - Head of Occupational Therapy/Regional OT Lead

Maria qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2005 and spent the majority of her clinical OT work within female services from secure to open primarily working with emotionally unstable personality disorder individuals, delivering comprehensive evidence based OT as well as training and delivering DBT. She had many years of leading the Women’s service, publishing work in the British Journal of OT as well as winning the organisations Prize for research and innovation. Maria also presented at various conferences around the country, sharing her passion for evidence based practice and specifically in the areas of Conservation before joining Cygnet in 2016.

Wanting to relocate, Maria seized on the opportunity to become the Head OT at Taunton whilst moving closer to family, bringing her passion for Occupational Therapy down south. In the last two years Maria has shared her passion and vision with the OT team with the clear goal of enhancing service provision and ensuring use of OT service line models. She is very keen to see an activity hub at Taunton to afford patients the opportunities to take on vocational roles, despite length of stay. In her dual role as Regional Lead Maria is working to build on skills sharing of OT’s across the region and a joined up way of working across the sites.

In her clinical role Maria has developed a specific OT pathway of care for the Acute Older adults taking in differences with the working age model. The service provision offered is tailored both for 1:1 specific interventions and group sessions in full collaboration with patients. Maria is looking forward to the challenges of enhancing service delivery further at Taunton and across the region.

Mark Methley – Speech and Language Therapist

Mark trained to be a speech and language therapist (SLT) after working as a care assistant in a residential home for adults with learning disabilities and autism. He spent several years in a specialist school supporting the communication and swallowing needs of young people with sensory impairments and additional disabilities before returning to working with adults. He is now a highly specialist SLT working part-time on Redwood Ward at Taunton. He also provides medico-legal assessments and quantum reports as an expert witness

Gabriella Clifford - Compliance Manager

Gabi completed a degree in Psychology from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2014, following this she has completed placements and worked across various settings including Acute Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Older Adult Care.

Gabi joined Cygnet Hospital Taunton in 2015 as a Health Care Assistant before moving into the Administration Department working in various roles from Receptionist, to Ward Clerk, to Administration Manager before securing her current position as Compliance Manager. During her time with Cygnet Health Care Gabi has also completed her Level 3 Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management through the Cygnet Health Care Development Pathway.

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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