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Meet the Team

Alison King - Hospital Manager

Alison had always wanted to be a nurse from being a very small girl. Nursing runs in the family. Alison qualified in 1982 and has worked in the NHS for a number of years in various settings, and then moved in to the private sector in 1988. Starting as a staff nurse and moving her way up to being Home Manager/Regional Manager, working for different companies, gaining experience in varied fields from management to crisis management.

Alison is proud and excited to be leading the team at Cygnet St Williams.

Jayne Davies - Head of Care

Jayne started her career in care over 20 years ago as a care assistant supporting people with dementia. In 2002 Jayne enrolled at York University to start her nurse training and in 2005 she qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse.

In October 2005 Jayne embarked in a full time career in mental health and has now gained experience and knowledge across a wide range of mental health services and has worked in both female and male settings. Jayne progressed into management and has twice been a registered manager with the CQC however in 2018 Jayne decide to go back into full time nursing as this is her passion. Jayne is excited to be part of a new service with Cygnet Health Care.

Dr Tony Perini - Consultant Psychiatrist
Mb.BS.MSc.(Epilepsy) FRCPsych.

After qualifying as a doctor at Newcastle University, Tony worked in general hospital medicine before training in Psychiatry, in Edinburgh and Fife, followed by research fellowships/hon lecturerships at the MRC Brain Metabolism Unit and Edinburgh University.

Tony has been a consultant psychiatrist since 1990 and has worked in Forensic, Hospital and Community Psychiatry (Learning Disabilities) as well as medical management as a Clinical Director, then as a Trust Medical Director in the NHS and Caldicott Guardian in the NHS and Independent sector. He has worked as a clinician in the independent sector in hospital and residential services since 2005.

Professionally Tony is interested in all aspects of neuroscience, neuropsychiatry and the psychiatry of intellectual disabilities. He has been a second opinion appointed doctor (SOAD) with the CQC for about 20 years.

In his spare time Tony enjoys photography, walking, cycling, music of all types and motorcycling (lapsed), travel and time with the family.

Dr Bobbie Turnbull - Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Bobbie qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2012 at Teesside University. She had a career in mental health services prior to this, working in the NHS as a mental health nurse for 10 years, within acute mental health and learning disability services in Teesside and North Yorkshire before completing her degree and masters in psychology. Within her psychology career she has worked in Adult, older adult, Children’s mental health, forensic and learning disability services.

She has special interests in trauma and complex mental health difficulties and offers an integrative approach which draws on cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic therapy (CAT) and mindfulness in addition to other models. She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). Her other areas of interest include staff support which has been the focus of both her doctoral research and further research studies. Within Cygnet Bobbie is also the lead for the Research and Development group and has a keen interest in promoting research activities throughout the company.

Natasha Francis - Speech & Language Therapist

Natasha qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2017 from The University of Limerick in Ireland. She has experience working with adults with Learning Disability, Autism, and Complex Needs.

Natasha has a special interest in Dysphagia and Dysphagia management. She is passionate about helping people with communication difficulties improve their quality of life, make their own choices, and maintain relationships through direct and indirect therapy.

Rebecca French - Occupational Therapist

Rebecca is a HCPC registered Occupational Therapist. Rebecca graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2013. She has worked in a variety of settings previously such as adult and child and adolescent mental health services, learning disabilities and step down services.

Rebecca is a trained DBT therapist and student occupational therapist educator. She has worked within the Model of Human Occupation and the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability (VdT MoCA). She is a keen conference presenter and has presented two posters presentations (co-produced) linked to Personality Disorder Services.

Anne Cook - Mental Health Act Administrator

Anne has worked in a secretarial or administrative role in the care industry for nearly 20 years. Anne is now the Mental Health Administrator for Cygnet St William’s in Darlington. She enjoys varying roles and has met a lot of interesting people, both staff and service user, over the years. Anne loves being part of a team that is making a difference to people’s lives.

In her spare time Anne enjoys spending time with her family, which now includes five grandchildren. She also enjoys making and decorating cakes and (occasionally) going to the gym.

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