Debra has been a dental nurse for 40 years; working in General Dental Practice, Community Dental Service and Secondary Care. She is the Maxillofacial Unity Manager at Salford Royal Hospital; a busy unit comprising of maxillofacial surgery, oral surgery and orthodontics.
Debra is accountable for the overall clinical and operational day to day delivery of clinical standards of care and management of the dental care professional workforce; she endeavours to deliver a high-quality patient centred service which meets patient's needs.
She is actively involved in clinical governance, risk management, and is the Radiation Protection Supervisor. Debra has recently gained a teaching qualification and successfully completed the NHS Senior Leadership Programme.
Debra has been a member of the Orthodontic National Group since its indeption in 1994 and has been a committee member for 19 years. She served as chairman of the group - for 9 years and is their current president.
She works tirelessly at both a locacl and national level representing orthodontic nurses and therapists at Stakeholder meetings which includes the GDC, the BDA and the RCS (Edin).