Meet the Team

Judith Etheridge - Hospital Manager

Judith has been a Registered nurse for over 30 years and holds an MSc in Mental Health Interventions, and has previously been a Director of Nursing as well as Deputy Director for Service Quality and Improvements at strategic and operational levels. Her experience in delivering high quality care across a range of mental health service is reflected in her transformational leadership & management style. She looks for the best in people and encourages staff to aspire to realise their full potential.

Her preference to work with women who have experienced trauma through life’s journey or mental health aligns with her interest in finding ways to grow through adversity. Helping staff and service users to achieve the best they can be, has been instrumental to the twelve years she has been at Cygnet Hospital Beckton. Her ability to build synergy within teams and partnerships to effect positive change and performance outcomes is well established.

Awa Bah - Clinical Services Manager

Awa is a Registered Mental Health Nurse with over 17yrs post registration experience. Prior to joining Cygnet, Awa worked in Forensic Medium and Low Secure Rehabilitation Services within the NHS. Awa has a keen interest in working with women and was the Modern Matron for the Female Forensic Service and Forensic Personality Disorder Unit with East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Awa’s areas of expertise include Quality Improvement, recovery oriented practice, staff development and physical health. Prior to becoming a nurse, Awa worked extensively with the voluntary sector in the areas of youth work and healthcare. Awa has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and is a PRINCE2 project management Practitioner.

Jackie Wolf - General Manager

Jackie has worked at Cygnet Hospital Beckton since 1999 and has been instrumental in the changing development in the hospital. Jackie is responsible for all non-clinical services across the unit. In addition, she manages the HR and Mental Health Act departments.

Jackie has a BSc in Psychology and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD. She provides a valuable professional perspective and insight to create and deliver integrated HR services and solutions that drives effective, secure and an efficient service delivery for our service users and staff at Cygnet Hospital Beckton.

Dr Markus Bienroth - Medical Director

Dr Markus Bienroth has been a Consultant Psychiatrist for over 20 years with experience across a range of service including private healthcare and the NHS in inpatient and outpatient settings. Markus the team at Beckton in May 2022 after working 18 years at the NHS with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust where he still holds a part time job to date. In addition to his role as Medical Director, Markus is also the Responsible Clinician for New Dawn Ward.

Dr Bienroth’s special interests are bipolar affective disorder, mood disorders of any kind and psychotic disorders, including challenging behaviours regardless of their underlying causes, as well as psycho-pharmacology with patient-centred approach at the core of his care and treatment.

Dr Bienroth’s special interests includes working with challenging behaviours regardless of their underlying causes, as well as psycho-pharmacology with patient-centred approach at the core of his care and treatment.

Dr Bienroth is well regarded for his contributions to medical education as well as operational clinical leadership. He has implemented a patient based experience group on his NHS ward based on co-design leading to this widely being recognised to involve service users about their care to achieve better outcomes.

Adeyemi Shokoya-eleshin – Hooper Ward Manager

Ade has been a RMN for over twelve years and has a range of mental health experience. He developed his ward managerial experience on the personality disorder service before moving to Hooper Ward. He brings innovative ways to improve service effective in building team working ensuring positive experience for those who use our service.

Janet Idowu - New Dawn Service Manager

Janet is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and a with over 9 years’ experience working within a healthcare setting, 4 years’ experience of mentoring, and has published work around leadership, relating to the importance of developing staff.

Janet first started at Cygnet Hospital Beckton in October 2022, and she has developed a passion of working with women with personality disorder, ensuing those received care on New Dawn Ward are provided with high quality evidence based care.

Gemma Gloster – Head of Psychology

Gemma is a HCPC registered and BPS Chartered Forensic Psychologist. As well as being the Head of Psychology, she is the DBT Lead, and Ward Psychologist for Hooper Ward. Prior to joining Cygnet Hospital Beckton Gemma worked across a range of private and public sector services including prisons and probation services. Gemma has worked with adults and children, both male and female, in assessment and treatment capacities.

Gemma is experienced in supporting individuals in relation to a range of presenting difficulties, including offending behaviours and mental health presentations. As such she is trained and experienced in a range of therapeutic approaches, including CBT, advanced DBT, and EMDR. Gemma is passionate about Motivational Interviewing and positive psychology approaches, supporting individuals to take ownership of their care and achieve meaningful life goals.

Sadia Malik - Quality Compliance Lead & Clinical Services Manager (Personality Disorder Services

Sadia joined Cygnet Hospital Beckton in 2018. She has been a qualified RMN for over a decade. She has experience working in settings including; prison, forensic, brain injury rehabilitation and various secure services, as well as managing specialist eating disorder, personality disorder, learning disability and acute services. She has a keen interest in quality improvement and service development. Sadia is passionate about mental health and supporting service users in their journey to recovery whilst maintaining a high quality of care.

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