Cygnet Health Care announces the appointment of new neuropsychology Lead


Cygnet Health Care is delighted to announce the appointment of Sue Copstick as Cygnet’s Neuropsychology Lead. Sue will also deliver and develop neuropsychology provision within two of Cygnet’s newest neuropsychiatric services; Cygnet Pindar House in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, where she will be based, and Cygnet Newham House in Middlesbrough.

Sue is a renowned and respected Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist who previously worked at two NHS neuroscience centres, based in Plymouth and Glasgow, before becoming Clinical Director of an independent neuro-rehabilitation provider nearly seven years ago. At Cygnet, Sue will oversee national neuropsychiatric rehabilitation services, including at Cygnet Brunel, Bristol, and Cygnet Heathers near Birmingham.

Uniquely positioned to share her wealth of expertise and experience develop a forward thinking and inclusive neuropsychological rehabilitation provision, Sue is on the specialist register for Clinical Neuropsychology and is an elected Fellow of the Division of Neuropsychology UK. She is also a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Glasgow and a member of the executive committee of the Division of Neuropsychology of the British Psychological Society.

As part of her work, Sue will be developing services for people with acquired brain injuries, which result in nearly 1000 hospital admission each day across the UK.

She said: “I am excited to join Cygnet as the lead in neuropsychology and I look forward to developing the clinical neuropsychiatric services at Cygnet in collaboration with my multi-disciplinary colleagues and in line with national clinical standards.

“Cygnet and others strive to help people understand the effects of their brain injury using careful assessments and observations, working with service users and their families as they develop new understanding and habits to enable them to live in the community where possible, and as they choose.”

Sue added: “Some of the effects of brain injury or disease is hidden or subtle, particularly when the person with the injury can move and communicate normally.  Others may have a reduced ability to recognise emotions, which can cause social difficulties, and some people with a brain injury can experience significant language, memory and new learning problems. We never forget that the person, the essence of someone’s sense of self and self-identity never goes, and that a person’s memories, culture, values and motives continue to burn strongly whatever has happened.  Our rehabilitation services use these strengths, and in addition to our bespoke treatments and methods, we work to help people learn compensatory strategies in order to lead independent lives.

“We specialise in taking complex cases, often with psychiatric co-morbidities, and I pleased to be using evidence-based rehabilitation neuropsychology practice to expand and improve services to those with neurological conditions with my new colleagues at Cygnet.”

Rachael Chamberlain, Business Development Director for Cygnet’s Neuropsychiatric services comments, “I am delighted to welcome Sue to Cygnet’s neuropsychology team. She will provide a valuable contribution to the specialist neuropsychiatric rehabilitation programmes Cygnet offers for those affected by a brain injury or who have a neurodegenerative condition.”

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