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Trevor Borthwick-Hare

I was born profoundly deaf – now I help others

Trevor Borthwick-Hare, who is the Communication and Translation Specialist at Cygnet Hospital Bury, which offers a range of mental health services for deaf people, shares his story as part of Deaf Awareness Week.

The completed social hub at Cygnet Hospital Woking

Social Hubs – Providing spaces for meaningful engagement in mental health inpatient services

Cygnet Hospital Woking recently became one of our latest hospitals to create a new Social Hub. In our latest blog Courtney Greene, Head of Occupational Therapy, and Adele Wheway, Deputy Head of Occupational Therapy at Cygnet Hospital Woking, reflect on the impact of the new environment and the importance of providing spaces for meaningful engagement and recovery in mental health inpatient services.

Gareth Williams

Celebrating Social Care at Cygnet

This month, Skills for Care are running a campaign - #CelebratingSocialCare – to highlight the incredible people who work in care. As part of the campaign Gareth Williams, CEO of Cygnet's Social Care division, shares some of his personal highlights from the last 12 months of working in social care.

Vicky McNally

The challenges and opportunities in the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan

Our Director of Partnerships and Engagement, Vicky McNally, joined a roundtable co-hosted by Centre for Mental Health, Mind and the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network that explored how to build the mental health workforce we need for the future, using the NHS Workforce Plan as its starting point. Vicky offers her reflections on the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead.


Vicki – My Life with Autism

Today is World Autism Awareness Day and this week is also Autism Acceptance Week. In our latest blog we had a chat with Vicki from Cygnet Elms to talk about her own lived experience of autism, including what it meant to her to get a diagnosis of autism and the challenges and benefits of living with autism.

Dr Jon Van Niekerk

World Bipolar Day – Q&A

World Bipolar Day is celebrated each year on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. Our Group Clinical Director, Dr Jon Van Niekerk, has responded to some commonly asked questions to help us better understand the condition.

Donna’s Occupational Therapy Journey

In our latest blog we hear from Donna, a service user at Cygnet Hospital Sheffield's Spencer Ward. She shares how engagement with the Occupational Therapy team set her on the right path and improved her confidence, communication skills, awareness of self and others, community skills and developing her trust in trying new things.

Dr Henk Swanepoel

Functional Neurological Disorder Q&A

Today is FND Awareness Day, an event to highlight Functional Neurological Disorder. In this article Dr Henk Swanepoel, Head of Psychology at Cygnet Brunel, answers some common questions about what the condition is, its symptoms and how it is diagnosed.

Charlene McIntosh

Neurodiversity Celebration Week Q&A

This week is Neurodiversity Celebration Week and in our latest blog we talked with Charlene McIntosh, Lead Psychologist at Cygnet Alders Clinic and a member of the neurodiverse community, about what it means to be neurodivergent, and the impact, challenges and positives it can have on someone's life.