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Royal College of Nursing Representing nurses and nursing, promoting excellence in practice, shaping health policies

Meet the Team

Debra Ritsperis

Forum Chair
Deputy Officer Commanding Nursing, Defence Medical Group South

Debra currently works as Deputy Officer Commanding Nursing at Defence Medical Group South. The role involves the clinical preparation of 200 nurses and AHPs from the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Army for delivering healthcare at sea, in the air and on land; recent Defence Nursing activities have provided healthcare in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Maj Ritsperis qualified as a soldier nurse in 1988, having trained in the Army Schools of Nursing, and became a Commissioned Officer in 1990. Her military nursing career has taken her to Germany, the Middle East, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England.

Highlights of Debra’s career have included front line medical care of soldiers in an Infantry Regiment, setting up a Defence Mental Health Service in Scotland, being the Senior Nursing Officer with 33 Field Hospital in the Middle East and being the Nurse Education Advisor for Regular, Reserve and Civilian nurses.
Debra is currently studying for a PhD looking at factors affecting Army Nurse Recruitment. 

Elizabeth Kagoda

Committee Member

Janet Kelly

Committee Member

Gerwyn Michael

Committee Member

Martin Bradley

Committee Member


Professional Lead: Anna Crossley

Page last updated - 24/05/2019