All of our trainers have that liitle something valued extra - either experience of living with poor mental health at some stage in their life or have worked with individuals experiencing poor mental health.
A former health and social care lecturer, Debbie found a new career in mental health as a consequence of her caring for her youngest son who had developed anorexia nervosa.
Debbie is author of 'Anorexia: A Son's Battle, A Mother's War'. Her book is a book of two halves in which she relays some of the painful experiences as she tried to manage life with her son's diagnosis of anorexia and also provides significant information to support self help and understanding of anorexia.
Debbie is founder of NotED (No to Eating Disorders) which places a focus on eating disorders information for young people.
Debbie is also Chair of Men Get Eating Disorders Too (MGEDT), an award winning national charity specialising in services and support for males battling eating disorders, their families and carers.
She is a member of various strategic boards including the Plymouth Suicide Prevention Strategic Partnership and is a board member of Plymouth Community Homes. She is also Chair of Pembroke Estate Management Board.
Debbie is currently a member of the Exeter and Plymouth University partnership De-stress project steering group.
Debbie is an accredited Mental Health First Aid trainer.
Independent Oral Health Educator
After qualifying as a Dental Hygienist in 1978 (Womens Royal Naval Service) Fran spent many years working in both health and education settings home and abroad. She became an accredited provider for the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses and delivered the post registration qualification 'Certificate in Oral Health Education' for ten years.
She is co-author of a studyguide revision book for registered Denta Care professionals and maintains continual professional development via inter-professional agency networking. It is however, her experience within NHS Special Care Dental Services caring for people with complex health and social care needs which remains particularly important to her.
In 2005, Fran had to retire from clinical practice due to disability.
Her interest areas include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Nutrition and Health.