Deborah qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1972. Her working life was spent mainly in the NHS acute hospital sector in various locations in England but with several years overseas. Deborah’s clinical specialties were the treatment of musculo-skeletal disorders, trauma and the management of chronic pain. For the last sixteen years of her career, she worked at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital, now Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, becoming Physiotherapy Services Manager for its four hospital sites.
Retirement allowed Deborah to devote more time to hobbies and voluntary work interests. These included becoming a Listening Volunteer at Samaritans and now a Trustee of Friends of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice.
Deborah says, ‘I have always worked with people and, as a physiotherapist, enjoyed helping and motivating patients to reach their physical potential after an illness or an accident. As a services manager, I always particularly enjoyed helping and supporting my staff to develop their expertise and skills. Daryl Ann’s talk about the Belarusian Children’s Hospice and the fantastic work done by Friends of BCH quickly drew me in. The fact there is so little physiotherapy available in Belarus and it being central to the care of children with congenital and life-limiting conditions in the UK means many of BCH’s children never have the opportunity to reach their physical potential which is a great shame.’
Deborah aims to use the skills and experience she gained over her thirty-odd years in the NHS and overseas to help develop a physiotherapy service at BCH which will enhance and complement the great work they already do there.