Oxford Inpatient/Day patient ED Team

All patients are allocated their own team, though patients will come into contact with most members of the Cotswold House staff. It is therefore of value to know who is who and who does what, so that, when needed, you can turn to the most fitting person to suit and fulfil your needs.


Cotswold House - Agnes AytonConsultant Psychiatrist Dr Agnes Ayton, Dr Amit Mistry

The Consultant Psychiatrist has medical responsibility for the care of patients. She takes a lead, along with other senior members of the team, in assessment and multi-disciplinary team reviews, providing support in diagnosis, planning treatment, liaison with other agencies, teaching, research and monitoring work practices and performances. She is part of the Eating Disorders Management Team and is involved in the development of the unit. She also takes on the role of Responsible Clinician (RC) according to the requirements of the Mental Health Act (1983).

Modern Matron –  Ellen Tutisani

The Modern Matron manages and organises the unit to ensure it offers safe and effective high quality services to people with eating disorders.  She manages most non-medical staff provides leadership and expertise to deliver services within an agreed Service Model, working with both Service Users and Carers.

Clinical Nurse Lead – Josephine Isaacs

The Clinical Nurse lead is responsible for the co-ordination and management of the clinical team in providing a safe, structured and therapeutic environment for service users. In conjunction with all clinical leads, the clinical nurse lead is also expected to contribute to the development of the eating disorder service and to provide, maintain and develop nursing care to the optimum standard.

Speciality Doctor – Douglas Kohler

The Speciality Doctor attends to the medical needs of our patients. Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust is a training organisation, and the eating disorder service employs doctors at various levels of their postgraduate training.
We have a part time Foundation Doctor, who rotates every 4 months, a psychiatric Senior House Officer, who rotates every 6 months, and there is an option for an advanced trainee to work in the team for 12 months.

Consultant Psychologist – David Viljoen 

The Consultant Psychologist provides clinical leadership alongside the Consultant Psychiatrist and Modern Matron to the inpatient, day patient and community service.  He is part of the Eating Disorders Management Team and involved in the further development of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire  eating disorders services services, as well as the HOPE New Care Model.

Psychologists Team
Clinical Psychologists: Dr Roshan Jones, Joanna Glebocka, Dr Agata Rybicka, and Dr Emma Pallister

Counselling Psychologist: Dr Lydia Ling

The team of Psychologists offer assessment, formulation and psychological treatment. Working in the local eating Disorders community team and inpatients, they play a key role in the multi-disciplinary team and with the delivery of the Group Programme.

Assistant Psychologists – Kate Costello, Jon Hollyman

Family Therapist – Simon Cornwell

The Family Therapist provides systemic assessments and therapy to patients and their families and also runs the Families and Friends Group which is held monthly on a Saturday.

Clinical Nurse Specialist – Joel Hawkins

The Clinical Nurse Specialist is part of the therapy team in the community service.  They will see anyone new to our team for up to ninety minutes, to get a full idea of both their present situation and what may have led up to their becoming unwell.  They work individually with a wide range of patients.

Charge Nurses – Sian Anderson, Natalia Campos, Kate Warrington, Matthew Pavlovic

The Charge Nurses work with the unit manager to manage the day-to-day running of the unit.  They use their leadership skills to lead and motivate staff and are involved in the running of the group programme.  They also act as primary or secondary nurses to individual patients within the care programme approach.

Dietitians – Julie Lambert and Lucy Gardner 

The Dietitian is a specialist source of expertise in the dietetic management of eating disorders. She works with the patients to develop an agreed meal plan and also contributes to the running of the group programme.

Dietetic assistant – Kirstie Tillier

Kirstie is part of the dietetic team and her role is to support the dietitians in managing the dietary treatment of inpatients and day patients. She also works with the catering and nursing team with the provision of meals and any special dietary requirements as advised by the dietitians. She supports patients at mealtimes and snacks in the dining room and away from the unit. She supports the Occupational Therapy team in some of the food management groups – sandwich making and lunch prep.

Occupational Therapist Technical Instructor – Miriam Garcia

OT Technical Instructor works with both inpatients and day patients helping them lead a more independent life as well as participate in meaningful activities. Patients are guided to learn or re-learn new coping skills to replace maladaptive eating disordered behaviours. OT Technical Instructor facilitates a range of creative, practical and psychodynamic groups within the Therapeutic Group Programme on the ward and work individually with patients on their independent eating, food shopping and cooking, clothes shopping and planning for after discharge.

Occupational Therapist – Ruth Collier 

The Occupational Therapy team focuses on enabling patients to learn, or re-learn, coping skills to replace maladaptive eating disordered behaviors. The Occupational Therapists oversee the Therapeutic Group Programme on the ward and facilitate practical, creative and psychodynamic groups, such as Meal Planning, Projective Art and Body wise, and work individually with patients on their independent eating and planning for after discharge.

Social Worker – Julie Cottrell

The social workers work across the out, day and inpatient service, providing support and information to individuals and their families with day to day issues that impact on their lives. They are able to support people with benefits, housing and debt and money worries. As well as support individuals looking for local community support groups / college / voluntary work and paid work.

They also provides support to those with low confidence and self esteem, engaging with them with practical support to build confidence in the community which will enable them to overcome social exclusion and social anxieties.

Community Support Worker – Hermione Wasely

The community support workers offer support to patients with tasks such as shopping and support around eating, including in public places.

Staff Nurses

The Staff Nurses are responsible for coordinating and managing the nursing shift.  They will act as primary or secondary nurses to individual patients, working within the Care Programme Approach.  Primary nurses are individual patient’s first port of call for any help or support during their treatment.  As well as being there for patients nurses are also available for any family communication that may be required.

Health Care Assistants

Health Care Assistants are members of the team who provide patient care under the supervision of the registered Staff Nurse.  The duties of the Health Care Assistants include supported eating and offering high quality care.

Physical Therapist – Beverley Anderson

Lorna Collins – Peer support worker

Peer Support Workers have lived experience of being an eating disorder patient. They bring their experiences of treatment and recovery to patients and the team, offering empathy, compassion and hope. Peer support workers help patients brainstorm and experiment with building a recovery identity, and give practical support with challenges in daily life, such as mealtimes, shopping, conversations with family/friends, social activities, difficult feelings or body image. The idea for the role of a peer support worker is to work collaboratively with the patients to create goals, skills and strategies, and test these out, learning practical tips for how to live well.

Vickie Kearney – Lead Nurse

Admin Team – Office Manager (Tracy Barrett), Admin Assistants (Sarah Khan, Mandy Blessing and Trish Webster), Ward Clerk (Donna Church)

Our admin team provide an efficient and comprehensive secretarial and administrative service to the unit.  They manage all administrative duties and ensure all systems are in place for the effective running of the unit.  Their duties include arranging meetings and sending out clinical information securely.

HOPE SPA Administrator 

The HOPE SPA (Healthy Outcomes for People with Eating Disorders) is a single point
of access for referrals to adult inpatient eating disorder units in the HOPE New Care Models.  HOPE SPA is hosted by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and operates from Cotswold House Oxford.
The partner organisations in the network are:

  • 2gether NHS Foundation Trust
  • Avon & Wiltshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (AWP)
  • Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT)
  • Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (OHFT)
  • Priory Group
  • Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Surrey & Borders NHS Foundation Trust

Pharmacy Technician

The Pharmacy Technician attends the unit to support the nursing staff in ensuring that patients get the medication they require.  This includes checking the medication stock and orders in the clinic room and processing home leave medication for patients on leave.


Keep the ward clean and tidy.  Please keep your room tidy so that they can keep it clean.  Housekeeping staff assist the nurses and dietitian in the kitchen.

Page last reviewed: 16 October, 2020