Deborah has 27 years experience in the legal field, with a background in criminal law, and extensive experience in mental health and regulatory law.
A former member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel, Deborah advised and represented compulsorily detained patients in both medium and low secure settings before the Mental Health Review Tribunal.
Since 2004, Deborah has been a Mental Health Act Commissioner/Mental Health Act Reviewer. Her role within the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is to monitor the use of the Mental Health Act, and protect the interests of patients whose legal and human rights are restricted under that Act.
Deborah has spent some years volunteering in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Office of the Mental Health Advocate, and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children.
Deborah has previously worked for the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the regulatory body for nurses and midwives in England and Wales, as in-house lawyer. She currently sits as a panel member for the Fitness to Practice Committees of the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC), which regulates several professions including: social workers, paramedics and psychologists.
Further details are available upon request.