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Brookdale Care employs an experienced and diverse group of Clinicians, Therapists and Managers who all work holistically to provide a truely person-centred care approach for the people we support. We will ensure that our staff provide the best support to fully assist the people we support to reach their full potential. 
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the Clinical, Therapeutic or Management team at Brookdale Care.
Peter Battle
Name: Peter Battle
Job Title: Chief Executive

Peter has worked within the health and social care sector for the past 10 years. He passionately believes in quality, specialist care provision and enhancing the lives of all people supported by Brookdale.
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Richard Craner​
Name : Richard Craner

Job Title : Chief Finance Officer

Richard is a chartered accountant with a broad range of financial, commercial and operational experience having previously worked at senior levels in both professional services and industry. Richard has an in depth knowledge of the social care sector having previously worked at Voyage Care, where he was responsible for new business development and estate strategy.
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Sue Hullin
Name : Sue Hullin

Job Title : Quality and Service Director 

Our Services are led by Sue Hullin. Sue is a mental health nurse and with over twenty years experience in providing quality services with clinical understanding for adults with mental health, ABI, learning disability and Autistic backgrounds. Sue has experience of one-to-one counselling and leading therapeutic group work.

Sue is well respected by our staff and the people we support, due to her strength, knowledge and approachability. She is known for her person-centred focus and ‘rolling her sleeves up’ or making time for a one to one chats with individuals in our care or staff.
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Sabrina Jackson
Name : Sabrina Jackson

Job Title :  HR Director

Sabrina has 20 years’ experience across a variety of industry sectors.  She has worked in the Social Care sector for the last 7 years.   Her previous roles in social care include being the Commercial and HR Director for Embrace Group and Marketing Director for Craegmoor. 

Sabrina is responsible for HR, Marketing and Projects.  She is incredibly passionate about empowering employees to provide excellent care and support whilst also enabling the people we support to live their lives to the full and as independently as possible.  

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David Lewis

I have worked in the Nursing Profession for more than forty years,  in both public and private sectors having held Senior Managerial positions for more than thirty years.

My experience has included clinical, operational, managerial, commissioning and inspecting roles in services which have included older persons care, acute mental health and rehabilitation, all levels of secure services (up to and including HM Prison Department), women’s services, developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury and Autism services .

I am passionate about building teams that deliver the highest standards of care and support  to the people who use our services whilst ensuring that the patient is central in everything we do  .

I am committed to ensuring that Milton Park Therapeutic Campus continues to develop and build upon it’s strengths as a leading provider of services to people who require specialist care and support .




"We encourage visits from interested parties, especially if someone may be  considering a placement at Milton Park, so please take this opportunity to come  and meet the staff team and fellow patients and see our facilities. You can then  get a real feel for what we have to offer and make your decision based on that –  I promise you will not be disappointed !"

 David Lewis, Hospital Director, Milton Park Therapeutic Campus.

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Victoria Hulstrom
Name:  Victoria Hulström
Job title: Deputy General Manager at Milton Park Therapeutic Campus

Qualifications:  Registered Nurse in Learning Disabilities, Dip. RSA, ADOS, PTTLs, KUF Personality Disorder, Further study in Infection Control
Place of work: Milton Park Therapeutic Campus
How did you get into a career in care: throughout my schooling and social clubs I had had contact with people with Learning Disabilities, Autism and Mental Health needs. When looking at A-Levels I chose psychology and sociology as two of my subjects which further peaked my interest in working with people and working for better quality and outcomes. I took a brief break after my A-levels and it was then that I realised it was a career in Nursing that was for me.
Professional role models (who and why):  I had an excellent mentor for a large chunk of my student nursing who was very experienced in various different fields of Learning Disability nursing. I am pleased to still be in contact to this day.
What motivates you:  making a positive impact on people’s pathway through care and working with the team to support patients labelled as ‘difficult’.
Unusual skills / interest: work wise or otherwise?  I am Mayor of Royston.
What makes a good day?:  Seeing the campus really come alive in the summer with lots of outdoors activities 
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Dr Olufemi Oluwatayo
Name:   Olufemi Oluwatayo
Job title: Medical Director
Qualifications: MBBS, MSc, MRCPsych
Place of work: Milton Park Therapeutic Campus
How did you know Psychiatry was right for you? : 
As a medical student at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, my psychiatry posting at the famous Aro Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Abeokuta had a huge impact on me and increased my desire to learn more about human behaviour, so deciding on a career in psychiatry was pretty easy.  
Professional role models (who and why)
The Late Professor Michael Olatawura, a Professor of Psychiatry and former Medical Director of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, where I trained. He made difficult subjects look simple and taught me the science and art of psychiatry. He was humble, lived a simple life and he impacted positively on the life of a generation of psychiatry trainees at UCH.
What motivates you:
The realisation early in my career that I am fortunate to be position of relative influence, so I feel I have a responsibility to give back and help others who have not been so fortunate.  
Unusual skills / interest: 
Not sure, maybe I am still on the journey to discover it?
What makes a good day?: 
Each day comes with its challenges, so I see every day as a good day! 
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Dr Walter Owino
Name: Walter Owino

Job Title: Consultant Psychiatrist

Qualifications: MBChB, FRCPsych, DPM

Place of work: Milton Park Therapeutic Campus

I knew I wanted to be a psychiatrist from when I first entered medical school. It struck me as the field of medicine that was about people most vulnerable in the society. My first voluntary job when I was still a medical student was with children with severe brain damage and multiple disabilities including severe epilepsy.
My career development in care followed the typical NHS postgraduate training in psychiatry and ultimately I chose to specialise in the field neuro developmental disabilities including learning disability.

My professional role models include Prof Joan Bicknell the first UK professor of the psychiatry of  Learning Disabilities who was a real inspiration to me and many others in the late seventies and Wolf Wolfenberger a German-American academic who developed the principle of normalization which had significant effect on the way services for people with disabilities have been structured throughout the world. What continues to motivate me is seeing many young people coming into the care industry and the passion and dedication they show in doing their work.

What makes a good day for me when we have been able to achieve good outcomes in care without compromising the safety or welfare of any service user or staff-member. 
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Tiago Pinto
Name: Tiago Pinto

Job title: Head of Therapeutic Services, Clinical Psychologist

Qualifications: Clin. Psy., M.Sc., B.Sc (hons), M.ISST

Place of work: Milton Park Therapeutic Campus

Tiago Pinto is a Clinical Psychologist who graduated in Portugal in 2001. Tiago completed his clinical training in different services such as outpatients units for children with behavioural and mental health problems, adults with addiction problems and adults with enduring mental health problems.

Since moving into the U.K, Tiago established his practice on a variety of settings such as CAMHS, social services, Learning Disabilities teams, outreach and children’s challenging behaviour teams, medium secure hospitals for adults with forensic and acute mental health problems.

Tiago found his specialist field working with children, young people and adults with autism. Since he started his career he became fascinated with ASD presentations and how to best support and devise appropriate interventions for each client, from understanding challenging behaviour to unpicking comorbidities and correlating these into clear outcomes, by observing, listening and reflecting collaboratively with the client. 

At BrookdaIe Care, in his day to day practice, Tiago comes across adults with ASD with a mix of other diagnosis, when Autism is the core factor shadowing the presentation. He believes there is still a need to raise more awareness to supporting Adults with autism and consider therapeutic interventions to improve people’s lives and outcomes.

From up to date diagnostic and psychometric assessments to adapted treatment programmes (which may include cognitive behavioural interventions); to supporting research work; understanding links with comorbidities; introducing new and innovative ideas such as mindfulness with ASD, psycho-sexual education and social norms;  and Schematherapy for females with ASD and other mental health problems. Tiago leads a multidisciplinary therapeutic team which aims to excel in understanding and supporting the individual to achieve.

As professional role models Tiago quotes two: Professor Temple Grandin - an inspiration in to how to work and understand ASD holistically and Dr. Jeffrey Young – how Schematherapy was developed and it can integrate several interventions such as CBT, Attachment theories, Gestalt and work in practice.

Tiago is a big enthusiast of meditation and mindfulness, and he enjoys spending weekends in retreats and his favorite leisure activity is to go for long walks with his dog paying attention to the present moment.   
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Sandra Stamos
Name:  Sandra Stamos

Job Title:  Forensic and Counselling Psychologist Registered with HCPC

Place of Work:  Cover the Residential and Supported Living Services

I have one and half decades of experience in providing risk assessments, psychological assessment reports to Courts and treatment for adults or young people in prison or custody, as well as children and families. Over the years, I have provided assessments to Court on a criminal and family / children’s matters, and have also given expert testimony as required.
I have operated a private practice (both counseling and forensic assessment) therapeutically working with children and families, adults and couples on a range of presenting issues. I have also worked with adults and young people with substance misuse issues as well with couples receiving IVF treatment around issues of donor gametes, and assessing prospective donors.

For the last 9 years I have been working with adults with a diagnosis of Autism and other difficulties, in supporting them to live more fulfilling lives.
When did you know you wanted to be a Psychologist?  I was interested in pursuing psychology from an early age and undertook studies whilst I worked as a volunteer with a telephone counseling service.
I was fortunate to work with children and families early on in my career path and when I commenced post graduate studies I began private practice and offering counseling and forensic assessment.

After relocating to the UK in 2001 I became interested in working in the field of Autism and mental health, as I had worked briefly in this area in the earlier stages of my career
Professional role models:  I was inspired by a number of excellent clinicians and practitioners that I was fortunate enough to work with over the years, some of which were my clinical supervisors. I have tried to follow in their steps in terms of integrity, compassion and hard working
What motivates you? What makes a good day?  I enjoy working with people and always have. I gain a lot of satisfaction through my work as part of a team, I observe meaningful and positive outcomes for my clients. The rewarding nature of my work is what keeps me motivated and drives me on.
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Vidya Rajbhoj
Name: Vidya Rajbhoj

Job Title: Counselling Psychologist

Place of Work: Milton Park Therapeutic Campus

Vidya is working with Brookdale since 2013 as Counselling psychologist. Her interest in the field of Autism began with the first job she held after her qualification in 2004, as a Counsellor working in children's services for Autism.

She is trained in Applied Psychology and has a specialisation in Counselling, REBT and CBT. Vidya has worked in various services including children's services, special needs schools, IAPT, universities (involved in research), corporates and adult services in government and private sectors. 
Vidya considers herself fortunate to have had an early introduction to psychology with some of her close family members being associated with the field of psychology. 

There are many renowned psychologists who have been founders of what we know today of psychology. However Vidya is particularly fascinated by the American Psychologist, B. F. Skinner who is one of the pioneers in the Behavioural Psychology, an inventor and a philosopher who has given us the ‘operant conditioning’, ‘schedules of reinforcement’, ‘shaping’ and so on… which is so relevant and effective while working in the field of Autism for supporting the individuals to manage their challenging behaviours. Vidya also greatly appreciates the CBT and Mindfulness and recommends must read for general population, books by Christine Pederasty, ‘Mind Over Mood’ and ‘Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World’ by Mark Williams.

Vidya is of a view that treat individuals as ‘whole’ and not in parts with their specific problems and so believes in a holistic approach towards therapeutic interventions.

Vidya enjoys hiking. She thinks that it takes one very close to nature and also helps us to be grounded with the very mother earth. It is also like practising mindfulness meditation when you are just with the nature and inhale it with every breath you take whilst with it.
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Mark Keeble
Name: Mark Keeble

Job Title: Lead Occupational Therapist at Milton Park Therapeutic Campus

Qualifications: BSc Hons Occupational Therapy

Place of Work: Milton Park Therapeutic Campus

How did you get into your job: I was working in a school for Autistic children as a care worker. One day I saw a lady working with a child in the sensory room. The child was on a swing and she was playing with different textures. I was fascinated and asked the lady what she was doing. She told me that she was an Occupational Therapist and that she was assessing the child to see what helped her to keep calm. I did some research into Occupational Therapy. I joined the degree course a year later.

Who do you admire: Temple Grandin. I admire her tenacity and determination in the face of adversity, her insight and advice on sensory issues and ideas on how we can improve communication with individuals with Autism, including how they see and react to the world around them.

What motivates you: Making the most of life and supporting others to do the same.

Unusual thing about you: I have a degree in theatre, media and drama.
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Gayle Woodcock - Clinical and Quality Lead Brookdale Milton Park Therapeutic Campus

Gayle is a Mental Health Nurse with experience working with adults with Mental Health needs, Learning Disabilities and behaviours that challenge.

Prior to joining Milton Park, Gayle worked in training and practice development including initiatives to improve patient involvement. In addition to nursing she is an Outcomes Star trainer, Positive Behaviour Coach and the lead for the East of England National Recovery and Outcomes Project.  Gayle has spoken at various conferences around producing positive outcomes for patients and was a finalist for the Laing & Buisson award for Recovery Pathways and a finalist in the National Learning Disabilities and Autism awards in 2016 and 2017.

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