After training as a nurse in 1983, Debra has enjoyed a long and varied career in health and social care in both the public and independent sector. In her 30+ years in the sector she has operationally managed a range of provision including assessment and treatment, respite, care homes, day services and community teams and was at the forefront of helping people to move from long stay institutions to take their rightful place in society.
This passion for ensuring that people, and particularly those whose needs are labelled complex or challenging, are enabled to live an ‘ordinary’ life remained with her and greatly influenced her choice of roles in the following decades.
With a Masters Degree in Advanced Practice in Learning Disability Nursing, she was one of the first Consultant Nurses in the UK working within the National High Secure Service for Learning Disabilities (Rampton). She combined this role with a government appointment as Nursing Advisor at the Department of Health and a member of the Ministerial Task Force for Learning Disabilities. Debra then moved on to policy implementation working for the DH Valuing People Team as both a regional advisor and then as Joint National Programme Lead for Learning Disabilities with a national lead role for health issues.
In 2008 she founded Debra Moore Associates (DMA) providing consultancy and training and within this role she was commissioned by a range of agencies such as CQC, DH, the NHS and the Criminal Justice System. She has developed a range of tools and training including the popular Confirm and Challenge Model and Self Assessment tools for Specialist Learning Disability Inpatient Services and Community Learning Disability Teams.
In 2011 in response to the Winterbourne View Scandal, Debra was commissioned to undertake an external review of the culture and safety of Castlebeck’s services. Debra was subsequently invited to undertake an appointment within the organisation as an Executive Director responsible for nursing, clinical and training provision and a specific remit for patient safety and governance.
The NHSE Assuring Transformation Programme has provided a fresh impetus for Debra to return to her passion of ensuring people get the right care and support to remain in their own communities and the refresh of Debra Moore Associates, with new fellow directors, provides a vehicle for her to support commissioners and providers to make this happen. This work includes a range of programmes, tools and interventions to support the Care & Treatment Reviews (CTR’s), Quality Assurance for Best Care Now and the Health Equality Framework (HEF).