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Meet the Team

Paul Jones - Hospital Manager

Paul has worked within psychiatric care for more than 25 years, specialising in secure and complex psychiatric environments. He has over 18 years of management and leadership experience and has been involved in the successful set up of several low secure provisions including; male rehabilitation, male PICU, and female complex care.

Paul has worked in a variety of settings, both female personality disorder complex care and female low secure forensic units. He has a wealth of experience in change management and service improvement.

With a history of working both NHS and independent sectors, Paul is dedicated to building strong working relationships with both healthcare and community organisations for the benefit of the people we support Paul has worked for Cygnet for the over 10 years.

Dr Gbolagade Akintomide - Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr G Akintomide has been a Consultant Psychiatrist with Cygnet Healthcare since June 2018. He completed his higher specialist training in General Adult Psychiatry with subspecialisation in Substance Misuse and Rehabilitation Psychiatry with the London Deanery in 2015.

Dr Akintomide has an interest in research, forensic psychiatry and neuropsychiatry. He also has a Master degree with Distinction in Clinical Neuropsychiatry from the University of Birmingham. He has published work in a number of peer-reviewed scientific journals and he is a peer reviewer for scientific journals. In his leisure time, Dr Akintomide enjoys cycling.

Lizzie Peyton - Clinical Manager

Lizzie qualified as Registered Learning Disability Nurse in 2014 and started with the team at Victoria House in the same year as a Staff Nurse. Lizzie progressed in her role to become a Senior Staff Nurse and a Head of Care before being appointed in her current role as Clinical Manager for the service.

Lizzie enjoys the variety of her role and strives to empower and work alongside the team to provide the best possible care to service users at Victoria House.

Marie Fiske - Clinical Team Leader, Victoria Ward

Marie qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 2004 she started her career working in NHS medium secure services for both male and female criminally disordered offenders. Marie then went onto work in the Forensic Community Mental Health Team and Her Majesties Prison Services in the North East before joining Victoria House in 2010 as a Staff Nurse rising to Senior Nurse then her current position as Head of Care.

Marie has extensive knowledge and experience working with service users who have challenging behaviour, dual diagnosis and complex needs.

Megan Wheatley - Assistant Psychologist

Megan achieved a BSc in psychology and then a Masters degree in Forensic psychology at Teeside University. Whilst there she did a range of voluntary work, starting with adults with learning and physical disabilities, supporting those with dementia and helping them with a range of self-care activities. After volunteering for multiple organisations, Megan joined Cygnet as a research Assistant / Assistant Psychologist and has now been a full time Assistant Psychologist since 2019. She is currently aspiring to get on the clinical psychology doctorate to start her career as a clinical psychologist.

Victoria Wisniewski – Occupational Therapist

Victoria qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2010 at Teesside University. Prior to this, Victoria had a career working in learning disabilities and mental health in South Africa until she witnessed an Occupational Therapist carrying out Sensory Integration with an autistic child and realised what career pathway she wanted to pursue. Victoria has worked in mental health rehabilitation and currently leads an Occupational Therapy team in the Acute & PICU services at Cygnet Victoria House.

Victoria has a keen interest in Sensory Integration and has completed Level 2 in Sensory Integration training and is currently undertaking Level 3. The OT pathway at Victoria House is underpinned by the Model of Human Occupation and Victoria is also trained in Occupational Case Formulation and the Vona Du Toit Model of Creative Ability.

Victoria is currently the Clinical Lead OT for Acute and PICU services and has a keen interest in service development.

Lisa Featherstone - Receptionist

Lisa helps to provide reception and administration services. Prior to joining Cygnet Victoria House she previously worked for nine years in Banking and before that 12 years for the police.

Lisa's role is extremely varied and finds that no two days are ever the same. She is proud to be working as part of a larger team whose main focus is to provide a positive change to people’s lives.

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