She works across organisations at a senior level to: lead on improvement systems within the hospital; provide expert leadership and knowledge for complex discharges; work with senior staff to identify issues and incidents and influence service change; embed training and education around palliative care discharge into the organisation.
Many people choose to spend their last days in the comfort of their own home, but facilitating this process from hospital can be complex and requires comprehensive planning and co-ordination from a multi-disciplinary team of professionals.
Deborah made the move from a successful career with Christian Dior to train as a registered adult nurse in 2002. Qualifying from Leeds University in 2005, her nursing career began in oncology, before progressing to palliative care as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in end of life care. Deborah moved to the role of Strategic Lead for Palliative Care Discharge in the hospital palliative care team in 2011. She has recently received the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust ‘Time to Shine Award’ for collaborative working, alongside colleagues in A&E and NHS Leeds Community Health, for the development of the Rapid Discharge Plan for urgent care.