Operational Director: Bev Cyrus
Bev Cyrus is a Registered Mental Nurse (RMN), with 20 years NHS and independent sector experience. Her wide range of experience has included adult, child and adolescent mental health, eating disorder and general acute. She has had 10 years experience setting up and managing specific mental health services for children and adolescents, having successfully led the opening and development of the UK’s first child and adolescent psychiatric intensive care service. Since then she has further developed services for secure CAMHS, open adolescent and eating disorder provisions for young people. She has developed a range of clinical and management skills in the process, including leading and managing the range of clinical services within a busy mental health provision including therapy, social work, education, occupational therapy and nursing. She has also retained a strong clinical involvement throughout her career, maintaining a caseload of service-users and being involved in front-line care issues on an ad hoc basis from a management position.
Bev's professional qualifications include RMN; Post-Graduate Certificate (Psychotherapeutic Interventions); Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy; Post-Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management; MSc (Psychotherapy); and the NVQ 4 in Management. She is also just completing an Executive MBA in Health Service Management with Greenwich University.
Bev has served as an Independent Hospital Manager sitting on Mental Health Managers review panels. Throughout her career Bev has maintained good training links working freelance with a number of agencies delivering mental health training as well as providing group support to staff teams. Bev has also held the post of Clinical Services Manager for a reputable health care organisation for the past 11 years.
Responsible Individual/Director for Practice Development: Lee Smith
Lee Smith is a trained mental health nurse (RN) with 18 years of post-registration experience within child and adolescent mental health, both in the NHS and independent sector. He had early clinical posts within forensic, psychiatric intensive care and acute services, experiences which developed a strong professional foundation and core skills which include client-centeredness, care planning expertise, key working strategies with young people, leading facilitative and therapeutic group work, and brokering care from across interagency and multi-disciplinary teams. Lee moved on to more senior posts including lecturer-practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist (adolescent secure services) and at nurse consultant level. His professional activities have included setting up and chairing a national multidisciplinary group on the management of aggressive young people, a membership which included professionals from mental health, social services, Youth Justice, and education.
Lee's professional qualifications include RN; Diploma of Higher Education; Post-Graduate Certificate in Education and Post-Graduate Diploma in Child Forensic Studies: Psychology and Law. He has the NVQ Level 4 in Management. Furthermore he has undertaken a range of ongoing Continuous Professional Development specialist courses including teaching and assessing in clinical practice, counseling in healthcare, specialist clinical risk assessment training and Restorative Justice. In addition, he is a registered tutor in management of aggression interventions, including physical interventions and teaching non-physical skills when dealing with challenging behaviour.