Lay Member - Patient and Public Involvement
Debbie Burnicle has lived and worked in Sunderland most of her life and has worked for the last 33 yrs across the voluntary sector, local authority and NHS, taking early retirement in 2018 in order to have more time with family.
In the last few years of her career as a commissioner, she spent a lot of time supporting General Practice and community services across the city. Debbie has a lot of experience involving the public , service users, carers and patients in services to support their improvement.
As well as becoming a Lay Member for the CCG with a focus on patient and public involvement, since retiring Debbie has become an ambassador for the local Carers Centre and established a relationship with the local Healthwatch. Debbie supports the aims of both organisations and these connections are also one of the ways she tries to keep in touch with the views of local people about what matters to them in relation to health and social care.