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Meet the Team

Richard Carroll - Hospital Manager

Richard is a Registered Mental Health Nurse with 29 years of experience across a wide range of NHS settings. After working in acute and community mental health, Richard spent 14 years working in a service for individuals with complex trauma.

After leading several system wide transformation projects to improve crisis care and develop inpatient psychotherapy services, Richard has more recently worked as a senior manager carrying a varied portfolio. This has included Intensive Home Treatment, Acute Inpatient, Crisis Services, Psychiatric Liaison, Psychology and Psychotherapy Services, Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).

Richard is passionate about service user centred care, quality improvement and compassionate leadership.

Sacha Barnes – Clinical Manager

Sacha qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 2011, and joined Cygnet Health Care as a preceptor nurse, initially working in low secure services. She has since gained experience across PICU, acute, older adult and rehabilitation services, progressing to Clinical Team Leader in 2014, before taking the role as PICU Ward Manager in 2016, and leading the ward to achieve successful accreditation with the Quality Network for Psychiatric Intensive Care Units.

Sacha is the Reducing Restrictive Practice Lead for the hospital, and has been involved in a number of quality improvement projects, both internally and externally. Sacha became Clinical Manager in 2019, and her focus has been on improving quality and standards of care across the service, in line with both Cygnet and CQC standards.

Sacha has a keen interest in recovery approaches, both medication based and psychological interventions, to reduce service users length of admission. Sacha is highly motivated to ensure staff are supported and trained to deliver the highest standard of care at all times.

Liam Hogg - General Manager

Liam graduated in 2012 with a degree in Law (LLB Hons) from Leeds Beckett University. Prior to Joining Cygnet Health Care in 2015 he worked in financial services before spending some time with the RNLI and then in the leisure industry, working in France.

Liam joined Cygnet through the Management Trainee program. During his first year he spent time working with each of the head office functions, gaining valuable experience within the finance, governance, commercial/sales and operational teams, building links with staff across the company. He went on to develop his operational experience at Cygnet Hospital Beckton and then as the Assistant General Manager at Cygnet Hospital Godden Green. Liam was appointed as the General Manager at Cygnet Hospital Bierley at the end of 2017. In addition Liam also acts as General Manager for Cygnet Hospital Wyke and Cygnet Lodge Brighouse.

Dr Prakash Raviraj - Medical Director

Dr Raviraj was trained as a forensic psychiatrist in the Yorkshire Deanery’s Higher Specialist Training Programme. After completing his training and obtaining the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), Dr Raviraj was appointed as a NHS Substantive Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in 2009 at the Edenfield Centre, Manchester. In 2015, he joined the Spinney, Atherton, Manchester where he managed two medium secure wards.

He completed LLM in Mental Health Law in 2010 from Northumbria University. He was appointed as the Medical Member to the First Tier Tribunal Service in 2016. In his NHS role he managed medical student teaching and in house academic programme. He was an Educational Supervisor in NHS and he continues to apprise senior doctors, within his organisation.

Dr Raviraj is an experienced forensic psychiatrist who has worked in a variety of secure and prison settings. He is an Approved Clinician (AC) for the purposes of the Mental Health Act 1983. He is a member of Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and interested in medical leadership development. He has jointly published a Cochrane review and continues to contribute towards teaching and research.

Dr Raviraj joined Cygnet Hospital Wyke in March 2020 as the Medical Director.

Dr Deepak Gupta - Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Gupta trained and worked as a psychiatrist in India from 1998-2003 and then completed further training in the UK in Leeds and North West. He has worked as a consultant psychiatrist since 2008 in both community and inpatient settings and in NHS and independent sector. He has developed services for females with personality disorders and inpatient rehabilitation services for men. His areas of interest are management of challenging behaviours and complex mental disorders.

In his spare time Dr Gupta likes to spend his time with his family, reading and gardening. He is also an active member in his local community helping people find meaning and direction in their lives.

Sharon Edwards - Consultant Psychotherapist

Sharon first qualified as an Art Psychotherapist in 2002 before training in several other modalities of psychotherapy. She became accredited with BABCP in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy in 2010 which is now her main mode of therapeutic intervention. She is also trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and is a BABCP Accredited Trainer.

Prior to joining Cygnet Health Care in 2019, Sharon’s experience has spanned across several different organisations and NHS services including Medium Secure, Prison and Probation Service, Acute In-patient and PICU, Complex Trauma and Personality Disorder Service, Out-patient Psychology and Psychotherapy Services and most recently, Clinical Lead for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).

Kerri Kellett - Administration Manager

Kerri started working at Wyke in January 2008 as a Medical Secretary. In August 2015 she successfully interviewed for the post of Administration Manager.

She gained AMSPAR Medical Receptionist and Medical Secretary Diplomas which put her in good stead for the Medical Secretary role in the busy Cardiothoracic Department at The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, where she worked for nine years before relocating to Yorkshire.

Kerri loves her new role and feels that she has a great Administration Team. She finds it beneficial to have experience in most of the roles she manages and has extensive knowledge and skills relevant to assist her. She currently manages Wyke’s Reception, our Medical Secretaries and the Ward Clerk’s at Wyke and Brighouse.

Naomi McCormick - Bennu Ward Manager

Naomi studied in Leeds University and qualified as Registered Mental Health Nurse in 2014 before joining Cygnet Hospital Wyke working predominantly on the male acute ward as well as being exposed to other wards in the unit for professional development, including male PICU.

Naomi’s career progressed and she was successful in the role of Clinical Team Leader in 2016, working on the male acute ward before leaving for one year to live and work in Australia. On her return to England in 2019 Naomi returned to her role at Wyke and at the end of 2019 she progressed to the role of Ward Manager on the male PICU ward Bennu.

Naomi has a keen interest for reducing restrictive practice for patients and is passionate about promoting staff wellbeing to ensure the best care for our patients.

George Linje - Phoenix Ward Manager

George qualified in 2001 with a BSc Degree in Mental Health Nursing from Coventry University. He has a broad range of nursing experience from working within PICU, Acute and both slow stream and locked rehabilitation services. He has a marketing background and uses his skills to engage with his colleagues and service users.

George joined Cygnet Hospital Wyke in 2006 from NHS in Coventry as a Senior Staff Nurse working on Male PICU and progressed to Clinical Team Leader one year later, a position that he has held for the past 12 years before becoming Ward Manager on Phoenix male acute Ward in January 2020.

George is an advocate for least restrictive practice. He has a very strong belief that good communication and a great deal of patience is the key to successful therapeutic relationship with patients. He supports the notion of promoting staff wellbeing as he believes that staff perform better when they believe that they are looked after and cared for by their employer.

Soobashni Pillay - Adarna Ward Manager

Soobashni completed her 4 years of basic nurse training in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Soobashni is a registered nurse qualified in the fields of general nursing, mental health nursing, community nursing and midwifery.

Soobashni has 20 years of post-basic experience in mental health nursing across a wide range of healthcare settings. After working in acute mental health for 13 years, she spent 7 years working as a registered school nurse for learners with learning disabilities and autism.

Soobashni is passionate about quality improvement and training / development of staff.

Jo Squires - Practice Development Nurse

Jo qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 2000 at The University of Central England, Birmingham. Jo completed further studies in 2005 at York University in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy in 2009 and became a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist in 2010. In January 2020 she recently gained her BABCP accreditation in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy Training, and is now a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy supervisor. Jo has worked as a sign off mentor for nurses for many years and has completed her facilitating learning in clinical practice module (Nursing).

Prior to joining Cygnet Hospital Wyke in February 2020 she has worked for over 20 years within the National Health Service (NHS). She has experience of working in various settings and roles including inpatient nursing, community nursing, management of personality disorder psychological therapy service, project management and clinically leading over 50 psychological therapists within an Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) Service. Jo completed her Msc in Advanced Practice in 2019. Her area of interest is continued professional development, in particular how this can enhance patient care and experience.

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