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Meet the Team

Clare Heaton - Hospital Manager

Clare initially joined Cygnet Lodge Brighouse as Ward Manager having previously worked in the NHS developing a jointly commissioned Ministry of Justice and NHS personality disorder service for female offenders. Clare also has experience of working within forensic inpatient, outpatient and custodial environments with a specialism in personality disorder and DBT.

Clare progressed to the appointment of Hospital Manager of Cygnet Lodge Brighouse where she led the team to develop a complex and enduring rehabilitation pathway enabling care provision for service users in need of longer term and active rehabilitation. Cygnet Lodge Brighouse gained AIMS accreditation with the Royal College of Psychiatry in 2020 for service provision and providing high standards of care.

Clare was appointed Hospital Manager of Cygnet Hospital Wyke in November 2020 and has a focus on quality improvement across the hospital whilst continuing to develop and support the patient group and staff teams.

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 Snur Hamad - Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Hamad is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrist and have been working in the UK as a doctor since 2004. He trained as a general adult psychiatrist with a special interest in neurodevelopmental disorders in Yorkshire Deanery’s Higher Specialist Training Programme between 2014 to 2017. Since 2005 he has worked for different NHS Foundation Trusts in Yorkshire, as a Psychiatrist. He worked for Cygnet Oaks in Barnsley between 2018 to 2020, and joined Cygnet Wyke Hospital in September 2020.

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. She recently completed the Level 5 Visionary Leaders Management Apprenticeship through Cygnet Health Care.

Kerri is the Mental Health First Aider and a Freedom to Speak Up Ambassador for Wyke; she has a passion for supporting others and ensuring they have a voice within the workplace. She loves her role and feels that she has a great Administration Team who work together to ensure the needs of the service are met.

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.

Justine Halonka - Phoenix Ward Manager

Justine studied at Huddersfield University and graduated in 2017. Following working as a student Nurse on Austen ward, Justine complete her preceptorship on the ward before returning to University to complete an MSc in Psychology. In March 2020 Justine returned to Cygnet Wyke as a RMN on Bennu ward before progressing to CTL in June 2020.

Justine’s background is predominantly in male PICU. In August 2020 Justine transferred to Phoenix ward that was acting up as a PICU during the COVID-19 pandemic. On the re-opening of Phoenix ward as an acute in December 2020, Justine continued to work as a CTL before progressing into the role of acting ward manager in February 2021.

Justine has a keen interest in reducing restrictive practice and embedding an open and transparent environment for both staff and patients. Justine also wants to work towards quality improvement within the hospital and empowering and educating staff in regards to their job roles to achieve the best outcomes for patients.

Katie Chislett – Bed Manager

After graduating from the University of Huddersfield with Honours Degree in Sociology, Katie commenced her mental health nurse training at the University of Bradford, graduating in 2012. She commenced her preceptorship at Wyke where she progressed to Senior Staff Nurse. She gained experience within low secure, PICU, rehabilitation, acute settings at a number of Cygnet Hospitals in the Yorkshire area, before progressing to Clinical Team Leader and being the ILS instructor for Cygnet Wyke, delivering training sessions to some of our northern units.

Katie then gained additional nursing experience in custodial settings throughout Yorkshire and has also worked in the community as a Care Coordinator. She has since returned to Cygnet Wyke as the Bed Manager for the PICU & acute services, overseeing the referral process and coordinating patient flow to these services.

Katie also has a passion for upholding quality standards and keeping these maintained, alongside assisting with the admission procedure, ensuring this is a smooth process for the service users being admitted to the wards.

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