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Debbie is a nurse and former senior lecturer. Initially pursuing a clinical career in cardio-thoracic nursing, she later qualified as a nurse teacher and has held teaching and training posts in the NHS and higher education. She has worked in healthcare education on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as a course leader at the University of Brighton. Her academic qualifications include undergraduate qualifications in health and social welfare, a Master of Arts in the Social Sciences and a Post Graduate Certificate in Social Sciences Research Methods, all awarded by the Open University. Debbie is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Debbie has facilitated a prostate cancer support group since 2002 which is now part of the charity PCaSO Prostate Cancer Support Organisation based in the south of England. It is through this work she has developed a keen interest in patient and carer involvement and public engagement in the design and delivery of health and care services. In 2013, Debbie was awarded a teaching and learning and enterprise award by the University of Brighton for Excellence in Community Engagement. 

Debbie has a long-standing interest in how people learn from experience and in the work place and how knowledge and skills can be acquired, recognised and accredited. In 2019, Debbie completed her PhD at Brighton and Sussex Medical School in the Department of Medical Education. Sponsored by the Higher Education Academy, her thesis explored partnership working between service users and clinicians to commission and lead health and care services.  In particular, the features of effective service user - clinician engagement practice and how these can impact the design of health care curricula.


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Brighton and Sussex Medical School


Award Date: 13 Jun 2019

Master, The Open University

Award Date: 31 Dec 2006


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