Dr Debbie Freake is currently Director of Integration at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Debbie worked as a GP in the North East for many years and since 2001 has carried out a variety of Board-level clinical and managerial roles in both commissioning and provider organisations. Over the years her passion has been for clinical service redesign and transformation.
Debbie more recently enjoyed a lengthy secondment to North Cumbria where as Director of Strategy in the acute Trust she was responsible for the co-design of and subsequent consultation on the strategy for delivery of clinically and financially sustainable secondary care services for one of the most challenging - and challenged - rural health and care economies in England.
Debbie has also worked since 2006 as a healthcare management consultant specialising in work with struggling teams and organisations. She has recently become a Trustee for the Cumbrian Mobility Network, which aims to build community capacity and use total transport and social enterprise approaches to build flexible sustainable and integrated travel solutions.