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Meet the Team

Leigh Wilkinson - Hospital Manager

Leigh has worked at Cygnet since November 2017 having previous work experience of 10+ years in the NHS in secure and rehabilitation settings including medium, low and step-down services for both male and female patients. This includes Ward Manager of a Low Secure Male Ward, Bed Manager at Guild Lodge, Head of Healthcare at HMP Kirkham and HMP Preston and Service Manager for the Health and Justice Unit at Lancashire Care Foundation Trust.

After managing the 'Outstanding' rated Cygnet Fountains, Leigh was appointed hospital manager of Cygnet Lodge Salford in May 2021.

Amy Mansell - Head of Care

Amy is a mental health nurse and qualified from the University of Salford in 2014. Amy has worked for Cygnet since 2017, working within the MIPD service, male medium and low secure personality disorder wards at Cygnet Hospital Bury as a mental health nurse and then a clinical team leader. Amy acted in a managerial support role for 9 months on male medium secure ward, before being successful or the role of Head of Care at Cygnet Lodge Salford and joining the team in June 2021.

Amy has previous experience within older peoples settings, nursing individuals with dementia and challenging behaviours. She completed leadership and management level 3 in 2020 and hopes to join the level 5 course in the near future.

Dr Arifur Rahman - Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Rahman joined Cygnet in December 2020 as a consultant psychiatrist for Cygnet Lodge Salford. Prior to this Arif has had over 10 years’ experience as a consultant psychiatrist including a 24 bedded in patient mental health rehabilitation hospital, a regional lead consultant for Lancashire addiction service, national lead for Young Person’s addiction services and over 5 years’ experience as a consultant psychiatrist for the NHS in Greater Manchester.

He graduated from the University of Sheffield Medical School (MBChB) and completed post graduate training in the Sheffield and West Midlands deaneries where he gained qualifications including Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych), Post Graduate Certification in Adolescent Addiction Studies (PGCert), and CCST in General Adult Psychiatry with endorsement in Addiction Psychiatry.

He also provides specialist assessment and treatment services for Adult ADHD, has publications in alcoholic liver disease and is an approved trainer for the Manchester Post Graduate Deanery.

Donna Coyle - Head of Occupational Therapy

Donna is the Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist at Cygnet Salford Lodge. She left Ireland to pursue her career in Occupational Therapy graduating from the University of Liverpool in 2009 with a BSC (Hons) degree. She has over 10 years’ experience in the NHS, working in a range of different mental health settings including community and inpatient services.

Donna’s motivation and passion for her profession have resulted in a keen interest in service development. She has developed several Therapy Teams across Acute settings, and designed service development pathways. As a result this has motivated individuals towards a positive change in culture.

She continues to further her professional development having completed a level 5 management and leadership course, Modules in CBT approaches, and in 2019 was awarded “OT of the Year” at her previous trust. Donna is enthusiastic about contributing too and improving the service user experience.

Dr Sofia Sykinioti – Head of Psychology

Sofia is an integrative practitioner and some of the approaches I use include EMDR, PCT, CBT, and DBT. She has worked in various different settings and has experience developing psychological services in mental health rehabilitation services. Sofia has experience working with complex mental health difficulties, acquired brain injury, eating disorders, international students, and people in acute psychiatric wards.

Sofia completed her graduate training in 2014 and proceeded to post-graduate studies in England and Scotland. She completed her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Manchester. Sofia has presented her academic work at national and international conferences, has worked as a visiting lecturer at the University of Chester, and is a published author. Sofia has experience of organising CPD training and networking events, and has been the committee chair of the British Psychological Society, division of Counselling Psychology north-west branch for 2020.

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