Our experienced multi-disciplinary team of professionals provides specialist eating disorder care. As well as being experienced in working with eating disorders our team are also experienced in working with patients with a range of mental health conditions and are therefore able to work with most co-morbidities that may present along with the eating disorder.

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  • Dr. Sheena Roper

    Dr. Sheena Roper
    GP

    Dr. Sheena Roper

    Dr Sheena Roper is responsible for treating and monitoring the physical health of inpatients after admission. She sees patients regularly to monitor them and treat any health complaints during their stay.

  • Simon Houghton

    Simon Houghton
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

    Simon Houghton

    Simon provides weekly sessions of CBT to both adult patients and young people on our adolescent unit.

    Simon has been a BABCP accredited cognitive behaviour therapist for over 10years. Throughout this time he has worked in the NHS with clients experiencing a wide range of mental health problems. Simon is currently the Clinical Lead and Consultant Psychotherapist for the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Specialist Team in Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Trust. Previously Simon has been Course Leader for undergraduate training in CBT at Hallam University, and is currently an Honorary Researcher at the University of Sheffield. He has published widely in recent years, and has presented research findings at national and international conferences.

    In recent years Simon has been Clinical Advisor to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme for NHS Yorkshire & Humber, developing new talking treatment services in all 14 PCTs in the region.

  • Michelle Hinde

    Michelle Hinde
    Occupational Therapist

    Michelle Hinde

    Michelle has worked in the area of eating disorders for over 10 years in both a voluntary and paid capacity. She is trained in both Psychology and Occupational Therapy and is currently training at post graduate level in the techniques of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy. She continues to develop her skills so as to be able to effectively work with individuals and groups. She offers support with daily living skills, social skills, confidence and self-esteem building, raising awareness and developing communication and assertiveness skills and works alongside people in their progress toward recovery. She has a holistic approach, which supports development in a supportive environment.

  • Vanessa Darcy

    Vanessa Darcy
    Body Image Therapist

    Vanessa Darcy

    Vanessa has over 15 years' experience in eating disorders. She is trained as a general nurse and registered mental health nurse and has completed a postgraduate course specialising in eating disorders from the Central University of England. Other qualifications include NLP practitioner and hypno-psychotherapy. Her approach ensures a holistic and individual approach to assisting recovery, raising self-esteem, discovering identity and developing a more positive body image.

  • Marla Bryan

    Marla Bryan
    Complementary Therapist

    Marla Bryan

    Marla has worked with people affected by Eating Disorders for several years. She has a special interest in using holistic therapies to support the emotional distress, embodied trauma, and physical discomfort experienced by sufferers. She has trained extensively in the Usui Reiki system; aromatherapy; and various massage modalities, using compassionate touch to encourage a positive reconnection with the body.

  • Jeanette Caw

    Jeanette Caw
    Family Therapist

    Jeanette Caw

    Jeanette has been a qualified social worker for over 17 years and worked in a Children's and Families' team for four years. She has worked in various fields with diverse groups of people including in residential settings with young people and with adults with learning difficulties and physical disabilities. She is also trained in Gestalt Psychotherapy and qualified as a psychotherapist in 2000. She then gained four years valuable clinical experience working in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health team. During this time she specialised in working with young people suffering a range of difficulties including eating disorders.

    She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Systemic Practice with Families and Couples. The theoretical base of Family Therapy fits well with Gestalt Psychotherapy. Whilst at the CAMHS team she learned to use Cognitive Behavioural methods which are particularly helpful in managing specific anxiety difficulties, depression and bulimia.

    As well as working at Riverdale Jeanette also works for the largest independent fostering agency in the U.K. where she is the Head of Therapy and holds strategic responsibility for the development of therapy within the organisation.

  • Sheila Turner

    Sheila Turner
    Dietician

    Sheila Turner

    Sheila qualified as a Dietitian after graduating in Physiology in the 1970s. She has been a Community Dietitian for most of her career, and has consulted at Riverdale Grange since the 1990s. Her interests, besides eating disorders, are infant nutrition and weight management, with the hopes that if the first is soundly established the second will be less necessary.

    She utilises her teaching and motivational qualifications as she facilitates weight management and behaviour change courses for Dietitians and Sheffield health employees. As community Dietetic lead in Sheffield, her comprehensive service includes the specialist weight management service, Weigh Ahead.

  • Kirsty

    Kirsty
    Drama Therapist

    Kirsty

    Kirsty graduated from the University of Derby and gained an MA in Dramatherapy, she is a registered member of the HCPC. Kirsty has over three years’ experience of working with eating disorders using a client centred approach, a client centred approach allows for you to explore and express at your own comfort level within a safe, therapeutic environment. Kirsty works weekly on the adult and adolescent unit providing both group and individual therapy.

    Dramatherapy can be used to explore emotions, thoughts and past experiences not only through words but through other forms of expression such as; art, story, metaphor and play. It can encourage self-awareness, exploration and reflection of feelings and relationships with one’s self and others. Dramatherapy can allow for you to explore difficult life experiences in a safe therapeutic environment.

    Dramatherapy uses an indirect approach that often engages the imagination and can allow for alternative perspectives to develop. You do not need to have any previous experience in drama, theatre or acting, dramatherapy focuses on the process rather than the finished article.

    As well as working at Riverdale Kirsty also works as a dramatherapist for a charitable eating disorder service based in the North West. She also works within educational settings delivering dramatherapy to children and young people. Kirsty also has experience of running resilience and self-esteem drama workshops.

  • Sarah Highfield

    Sarah Highfield
    Occupational Therapist Senior Assistant

    Sarah Highfield

    Sarah is the Senior Occupational Therapy Assistant and Family Meals Coordinator and has over 10 years of experience in working with Eating Disorders. She is in charge of the weekly activities such as baking and other life skills workshops for patients. A big part of her role involves assessing and progressing patients in food exposure activities such as shopping, portioning and cooking. She works closely with patients in identifying their fear foods and creating plans in how to overcome these in order to allow the patients to successfully manage a healthy and varied maintenance diet. Finally, she trains the support staff in food portioning and meal support.

  • Nina

    Nina
    Yoga Instructor

    Nina

    I am the Yoga and Pilates teacher at Riverdale grange. I take the clients through some mindfulness and mediation to help bring balance to their minds and bodies. We use mindful movement, mediation and relaxation to encourage the practice of finding stillness, this gives the clients time to work together as a group and as individuals to support their healing and recovery process at the centre. My goal is to show them some tools to encourage their wellness in everyday life so they can use to help bring their own balance to themselves through life’s challenges.

Management Team

  • Claire Lockwood

    Claire Lockwood
    Service Manager - Adolescent Unit

    Claire Lockwood

    Claire works alongside the Hospital Manager and Deputy to help the day to day running of the service. She is a qualified therapist and has worked in the field of eating disorders helping to run a voluntary sector organisation in Sheffield. She oversees the therapy team and line manages part of the staff team. She is responsible for putting into action the continued progression of the Hospital.

    claire@riverdalegrange.co.uk

  • Katie Scholey

    Katie Scholey
    Charge Nurse

  • Simone Howieson

    Simone Howieson
    Ward Manager - Adult Unit

Operations and Finance

  • Vanessa Derouck

    Vanessa De'roeck
    Company Director

    Vanessa De'roeck

    Vanessa oversees the financial and operational management of the company. She liaises with the management and clinical teams to make sure the facilities run smoothly.

  • Allyson Wall

    Allyson Wall
    Patient Services Coordinator

    Allyson Wall

    Allyson oversees the communication between the hospital and the referring teams and commissioners. She is responsible for arranging assessments, admissions, progress reviews as well as coordinating funding. If you call the unit to arrange appointments or ask any questions it is likely you will speak to Allyson.

The Adult Unit Team

As well being experienced in working with eating disorders our nursing team are also experienced in working with patients with a range of mental health conditions and are therefore able to work with most co-morbidities that may present alongside an eating disorder.

Nursing team

Our Nurses are responsible for the co-ordination of individual patient care. They work closely with patients as designated key workers during their treatment. They are highly specialised and experienced in working with eating disorders.

Our Nurses are responsible for the co-ordination of individual patient care. They work closely with patients as designated key workers during their treatment. They are also responsible for managing shifts and responding to the changing needs of both the patients and the environment.

  • Gemma Slack

    Gemma Slack
    Senior Staff Nurse

  • Mark Lilleyman

    Mark Lilleyman
    Senior Staff Nurse

  • Denise Colbert

    Denise Colbert
    Senior Support Worker

  • Lindsey Lineham

    Lindsey Lineham
    Senior Support Worker

Young persons unit Team

As well being experienced in working with eating disorders our nursing team are also experienced in working with a range of mental health conditions and are therefore able to work with most co-morbidities that may present alongside an eating disorder.

Nursing team

Our Nurses are responsible for the co-ordination of each young persons care. They work closely with each patient as designated key workers during their treatment. They are highly specialised and experienced in working with eating disorders.

  • Hannah Li Wa Po

    Hannah Li Wan Po
    Senior Staff Nurse

  • Thomas Palmer

    Thomas Palmer
    Senior Staff Nurse

Teaching Assistant/Activities Coordinator

  • Julie Moseley

    Julie Moseley
    Teacher

    Julie Mosely

    Julie is an experienced teacher who has worked across both the GCSE and A level curriculum, she specialises in Maths and Science subjects. Her role is to support patients whilst they are attending the unit school, liaise with their home education provider and assist in the re-integration into mainstream school life.

  • Angela Smith

    Angela Smith

    Angela Smith

    Angela oversees the school day. She is a very experienced Teaching Assistant and has worked in various mental health settings as an activities coordinator. Part of her role involves planning and delivering creative arts sessions along with members of the support worker team.

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