Debbie has worked in regulation from 1998 beginning with the Bristol Inspection Unit. She worked at the CQC predecessors, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) and was assigned CQC Head of Regional Compliance then Head of Inspection for the South Region in 2014. She was permanently appointed Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care in May 2016 after becoming Interim from July 2015.
Passionate about human rights, she wants to make sure that every person receiving care has their rights respected and that all services fully meet legal requirements and adopt best practice. She believes this can be achieved through effective liaison with providers, keeping up with developments in the sector and with an awareness of the current challenges in social care.
Debbie worked in Eastern Europe (1992-1997) as a volunteer for Voluntary Service Overseas, training staff and developing services for children and adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs. She also worked as a consultant for Unicef in Macedonia considering how to improve the situation of children with disabilities. As a qualified social worker, Deborah's previous posts include inspecting learning disability services in Gloucestershire and managing a residential service for people with disabilities coming out of long stay hospital. She was also a project worker in a respite service for children with disabilities and a care assistant in a children's home. She remains on the Health and Care Professions Council register and has a BSocSc in Social Administration and Sociology, and a Masters of Social Work.