Deb qualified as a physiotherapist in 1972, and worked full time until taking early retirement in 2005. Her working life was spent predominantly within the NHS acute hospital sector in various locations in England, with three years working overseas. Deb's clinical specialties were the treatment of musculo-skeletal disorders, trauma and the management of chronic pain.
For the last sixteen years, she worked at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital (now Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust) and became the Physiotherapy Services Manager for its four hospital sites. Her responsibilities in that role included the management and development of acute paediatric services.
Retirement allowed Deb to give more time to voluntary work. The main interest for Deb, so far, has been the support of homeless people: in particular, co-ordinating the London Run at St Augustine’s Church in High Wycombe which provides a food bank for the Cardinal Hume Centre in London.
With her hands-on professional experience and broader management skills Deb is looking forward to helping support the development of the physiotherapy service at the Belarusian Children’s Hospice.