Our Senior Management Team

ASC Healthcare is a dedicated provider of services for adults with a learning disability and/or asc. Our Senior Management Team, known and acknowledged for their wealth of experience and knowledge within the health and social care sectors, particularly in the development and delivery of services for people with learning disability and/or asc were originally brought together in December 2012.

The team have undertaken a wide ranging and strategic review of existing specialist provision for people with a learning disability and/or asc and the outcome of this coupled with professional experience, their innovation and creativity has led to their development of a hospital model service which aims to move away from the more traditional existing care regimes and is closely aligned to the type of service demanded today by individuals with a learning disability and/or asc, their families, commissioners and regulators. This is further emphasised in our mission statement below:

“Through our unique delivery of a social and clinical partnership model, we will actively support individuals to develop a range of life skills and functional strategies. These will allow individuals to live the life they want to live now and in the future.

We recognise and endorse the philosophy that a hospital is not a home, but a place for extra support, during a critical time in a person’s lifetime. The emphasis of our work from point of referral will always focus on discharge preparation”.

The Senior Team

Nixon Amuntung – CEO

Nixon is a qualified Nurse and has over 10 years’ experience working in healthcare across both the NHS and the private sector in clinical and managerial roles. Most recently Nixon has work within the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s). He has also worked within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) where he was involved in setting up a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

Nixon has special interest in re-lapse prevention, health promotion work and has extensive experience in managing rehabilitation/step down facilities.

Nixon studied initially at the University of Salford and has most recent completed a post graduate diploma in Public health at the University of Manchester School of Medicine.

Gail Brunskill – Service Director

Gail has worked in the care sector for the past 17 years working for both the private sector and charitable organisations. She has completed her NVQ Level 4 in Health and Social Care, Registered Manager award and Institute of Leadership and Management Level 5 in Operational Management. Gail has previously managed services working as a Registered Manager in a Care Home, Supported Living and Hospital setting. In addition Gail has experience in Operational Manager and Business Development Manager.

Gail joined ASC Healthcare in February 2016. Her current role is Service Director. Gail has built over the year’s positive contacts with key people such as people that use the service, families and stakeholders. Her main aim is to ensure that users of our service have a positive experience that is person centred, efficient, appropriate and good value.  Gail ensures that referrals, admissions and discharges are prioritised in a  timely manner. If you would like to make a referral please contact Gail on 01204 524552

Dr Abid Malik – Responsible Clinician / Consultant Psychiatrist

I am Dr. Abid Malik, responsible clinician and consultant psychiatrist based at ASC.  I have 21 year’s experience in assessment and management of psychiatric and development disorders.  I provide lead medical role at ASC with the help of multi-disciplinary team.  I am approved under section 12 of Mental Health Act by the Secretary of State.  I have a special interest in psycho-pharmacology and the assessment of cognitive disorders.  At ASC I am responsible for risk management in the hospital and safe discharges of patients to the community.

Dr Chris Moore – Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Chris is a clinical psychologist with over 17 years post-qualification experience of working with adult males and females with a range of difficulties, including mental illness, personality disorder, learning disability, and autistic spectrum disorders. Chris has worked in both the public and private sector, in a range of hospital settings, including locked units of various levels of security and open rehabilitative units.  He is experienced in working with individuals with complex, often co-morbid, conditions that present with risks to themselves and to others and utilises bespoke assessment and formulation procedures, in order to devise and tailor interventions to target an individual’s specific needs.  Chris also has long-standing experience of devising and setting up systems that are therapeutically beneficial for individuals that can be used to support and augment individualised and group interventions that are being provided for clients, to maximise the therapeutic impact of the settings in which the individual is receiving treatment.  In addition, Chris has many years experience of providing training to staff, which includes Positive Behaviour Support Plan training, risk assessment and management training, and personality disorder training.

Caspian Jamie – Speech and Language Therapist

Caspian is a Lead Speech and Language Therapist and Autism Specialist with more than 10 years experience working in both the private and public sector. Caspian is a specialist in his field, having presented on Social Communication disorders at conferences, created an award winning social skills programme for young people with Autism and co-founded two organisations providing Speech and Language support to individuals with communication difficulties. He is also a trustee for a local Autism Charity (ASGMA).

Caspian joined ASC Healthcare in April 2016 to provide ongoing specialist Autism training and fortnightly workshops- equipping care staff with the latest evidence based techniques to support our clients. Caspian also works directly with clients, providing assessment and intervention to support communication.

Jonathan Howells - HR Manager

Jonathan has worked in HR for over 9 years across a variety of sectors including: home care, giving him an understanding of working in line with CQC guidelines; he has also worked within the marketing, transport and utilities sectors, giving him well rounded view of the HR function.  Jonathan completed his CIPD level 7 in 2014 at Stockport College.  Prior to working in HR, Jonathan worked in hospitality management for 9 years both in the UK and USA giving him an understanding of the operational issues faced by managers on a day to day basis.

Denise Tierney – Lead Occupational Therapist

Denise is a qualified Occupational Therapist with over ten years’ experience of working with clients from a diverse range of settings. She has extensive experience of working with adults who have experienced barriers to engagement and needed rehabilitative support to live in their own homes or semi-supported accommodation. This has included working with adults with mental health issues, learning difficulties and autism. The majority of people Denise has worked with have also had a risk history or forensic background; had repeated relapses or hospital admissions; including substance misuse issues and history of self-neglect. Denise has also worked with homeless young people as a Housing and Resettlement Officer within supported living which required her to offer outreach services for young people once they had left supported accommodation. In 2013 Denise qualified as an as an Occupational Therapist and she is registered with the HCPC. This requires Occupational Therapists to continually develop their practice and service through on-going supervision and training. Denise has a strong belief in the person-centred approach and feel clients should be empowered to be the drivers of their own recovery through agreeing meaningful and achievable goals at a pace that is right for them.

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