Meet the Team at Badby Park

Louise Smith

Care Centre Director
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Matthew Street

Therapy Lead
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Dr Bashir

Consultant Neuro Psychiatrist
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Alberto Bonilla-Miralles

Clinical and Occupational Psychologist
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Louise Birkett-Swan

Clinical Psychologist
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Louise Smith

Care Centre Director

Louise Smith qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in October 1998. She chose to move to a career in the neuropsychiatry setting at St Andrew’s Healthcare, having been a Student Nurse within the Kemsley Unit, lighting her passion for working with this patient group.

 

During the next 17 years, Louise worked in a number of roles, moving from Staff Nurse through to Service Manager, within a variety of ABI settings, each providing a unique service with varying acuity and dependency needs. During that time Louise developed the first female only brain injury unit, invigorated and improved the ABI community provision moving out of the Hospital setting, before moving into a more strategic role as Lead Nurse within the overarching neuropsychiatry service, overseeing the Huntington’s disease service and Older Adults service.

 

During this time Louise introduced a rapid response service to support urgent admissions for older adults, developed the environments to be more dementia friendly, and helped develop the current care pathway for Huntington’s disease.

 

In 2015 Louise began work as a Hospital Director, developing a Neuropsychiatry Service in the market town of Melton Mowbray by establishing a highly skilled clinical team able to deliver effective treatment and favourable outcomes for the patient group, using renowned outcome measures and interventions. In March 2018, Louise joined Elysium Neurological, initially looking at service development before moving to St Neots Neurological Centre in April 2018.  In June 2020, Louise took the opportunity to manage Badby Park, Neurological Centre as their Care Centre Director.

Matthew Street

Therapy Lead

Matt has worked within Neurorehabilitation services for over 24 years, his neuro career started in 1996 after completing two non-health related degrees.  In 2001 he qualified as a Physiotherapist and has worked in a variety of settings as part of well-established teams and in senior roles.  Over the last eight years he has been a successful Registered Manager in a variety of Neurological Rehabilitation services which performed very well under his leadership.

 

Matt has maintained his clinical skills and knowledge as a Physiotherapist during his management roles and enjoys working clinically.   As the Therapy Lead for Badby Park, Matt will provide leadership and support to the established Therapy Team and as well as providing a wealth of experience and expertise to the wider transdisciplinary team.

Dr Bashir

Consultant Neuro Psychiatrist

Dr Bashir is an Academic Professor in Psychiatry and specialises in Neuropsychiatry with a special interest in Brain Injury and its consequences. He consults at various Specialist Neuropsychiatry hospitals home and abroad. Being a trained Child Psychiatrist as well he works across the ages. Being a key member of the Multidisciplinary teams he believes in a time efficient and an understanding approach to ameliorating the psychopathology of his patients to maintain effective outcomes in Neuropsychiatric interventions. His approach is based on positive regard of the systemic dysfunction unleashed after a Brain Injury, Neuro-degenerative and Neurodevelopmental disorders in its sufferers and their families. He has researched and widely taught in the areas of learning difficulties, psychosis and obsessional disorders in addition to his primary clinical interests.

Alberto Bonilla-Miralles

Clinical and Occupational Psychologist

Alberto is registered as a Clinical and Occupational Psychologist within the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) in the UK, as well as being registered as a Clinical Neuropsychologist in Spain.

Alberto has more than eight years of professional experience including assessment and treatment of adolescents, adults and older adults providing behavioural, emotional and neuro-psychological approaches.

Alberto contributes to psychology education lecturing in congress and media publications and is keen to continue his work maximising the potential of Badby’s residents through his expertise, supporting the whole team.

Louise Birkett-Swan

Clinical Psychologist

Louise has worked in neuropsychological rehabilitation for over 20 years. This was initially within post-acute brain injury rehabilitation services then moving into within community neurorehabilitation for people with brain injuries, along with community residential rehabilitation.

 

In addition to this, Louise leads the provision of neuropsychological assessments and associated support within the Memory Assessment Service across Northamptonshire Foundation Trust and provides neuropsychological support within the younger persons with dementia service. Throughout this time Louise has taken a lead in service and policy development and implementation.

 

Louise is currently involved in national guidance within the British Psychological Society for the conceptualisation and definition of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

Louise has taken an active role in teaching and education to other professionals, service users and their carers. She contributes to the selection and recruitment of trainee Clinical Psychologists at the University of Leicester and also within the research components of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

 

Louise has a keen interest in working systemically to enable the enhancement of skills within the staff team to allow them to provide positive and proactive support to those with neurological impairments who are offered rehabilitation or cared for within Badby.