Nick Ruffley and Peter Smith appointed Divisional Managing Directors

Nick Ruffley (left) being congratulated by Mike McQuaid, Chief Operating Officer
As part of the integration of Cygnet’s Health Care’s services we have undertaken a review of how our Operations team is structured. We want to make sure we are providing the best possible support to our services. To achieve this we have created two divisions within Cygnet.

Mike McQuaid, our Chief Operating Officer, will oversee both divisions and we are delighted to announce the appointments of Nick Ruffley as the Managing Director of the new Healthcare Division and Peter Smith as the Managing Director of the new Social Care Division.

Nick, a Registered Mental Health Nurse, has a wealth of experience in most aspects of mental health and learning disabilities care. Most recently Nick has been one of our Regional Operations Directors.

“I am delighted at being appointed to this role and my priorities will be building on and supporting the excellent work our people do in caring for our service users. Quality and Compliance will be high on my agenda and I look forward to meeting as many people as possible over the coming months, to understand their challenges and successes.”Nick Ruffley – Managing Director, Healthcare Division

Mike with Peter Smith, our new Managing Director, Social Care Division

Peter has worked both nationally and internationally with 20 years’ experience in independent healthcare. Peter trained and worked as a nurse in New Zealand before coming to England in 1991 and held a number of managerial posts in the NHS before joining the independent sector in 1998.

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to build on the excellent work that the services in our Social Care Division have been doing in recent years. I am particularly looking forward to welcoming the Danshell team into the Cygnet community, this is a really exciting time and with such a great foundation to build upon we’re in a really good position to continue delivering the quality services that our residents deserve.”Peter Smith – Managing Director, Social Care Division

Peter has been working across numerous Cygnet facilities for the last two and a half years as Operations Improvement Director. Throughout this time Peter has deployed his excellent project management skills to great effect in helping to improve those sites.

“While we work in the background to ensure we have the right support in the right places within the operational team, I want to emphasise that at service level it is very much business as usual. Our priority remains to provide the best quality possible for the individuals within our care and ensure we maintain a positive and rewarding experience for our teams who work diligently every day to ensure those individuals have the best quality of care.”Mike McQuaid, Chief Operating Officer

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