Director of health and wellbeing, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Deborah is the director of health and wellbeing at the Royal Hospital Chelsea taking up her appointment in February 2017.
Deborah has worked with older people in both health and social care throughout her career in a number of roles including clinical practice, management and research.
Deborah held the position of nurse advisor for older people at the Department of Health in national government for 10 years.
She holds two visiting chairs in nursing at Manchester Metropolitan, and Bucks New University. She has published widely on issues relating to nursing older people and have presented as multiple national and international conferences.
In April 2015 she was appointed as the expert nurse to the Gosport Independent Panel by the minister for care services on behalf of the government. The report was laid before parliament in June this year. She was awarded the OBE in the 2017 New Year Honours List for services to older people dementia care and nursing.
She is the only nurse recipient of the British Geriatric Society President’s Medal awarded in 2011. She also received this and the Nursing Times Inspirational Nurse Leaders award in 2015. In summer 2018 she was made a fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute.