Professor Debra King

Consultant Physician Associate Medical Director for Appraisal and Revalidation Wirral University Teaching Hospital

Debra qualified at Leeds University Medical School in 1983. After junior doctor posts in Yorkshire she undertook Senior Registrar training in Geriatric and General Medicine in Mersey Region.  She was awarded a British Heart Foundation Grant to undertake research in cardiac cachexia whilst a Senior Registrar.




In 1994 Debra was appointed Consultant Physician in Elderly Care at Wirral University Teaching Hospital, (WUTH).  Clinical Director and Executive Director on the Trust Board (1999-2006) she is currently Associate Medical Director for Appraisal and Revalidation. 

She has helped develop and deliver national training on appraisal and revalidation for Consultants with the Royal College of Physicians over the last 13 years. She has with her team implemented an appraisal system which is quality assured. Appraisers are adequately trained and supported to help consultants develop their skills and careers.  She was the pilot RO in the Department of Health pathfinder pilot in Mersey in 2011 and was also a deputy RO for another pilot site.  She helped train the 45 ROs in the West Midlands in the pathfinder pilot. She is currently a RO appraiser for NHS England North.

She has been a member of the expert reference group in NHS North and has delivered national RO training in the NW and Wales as well as delivering DH top up appraiser training (level 2 trainer). She has been a Revalidation Support Team (RST) associate (2010-2011) and an RST Associate Director until 2014 when the RST was disbanded. She worked on Responding to Concerns (RTC) for the RST contributing to national policies.   She developed the case investigator and case manager training with NCAS who worked in partnership with the RST on this project. The training received a national award fom the Training Journal in 2014.

She has developed a remediation policy as well as a coaching strategy at WUTH to help doctors develop their skills through coaching.  She is a trained coach.

She has been the secondary care consultant on St Helen’s Clinical Commissioning Group, (2012-2015).

She was appointed as a visiting Professor at the Institute of Medicine, Chester University in January 2015.

Employment History:

  • Consultant Physician, Wirral University Teaching Hospital (WUTH) from 1994.
  • Senior Registrar in Geriatric Medicine/General Medicine/Cardiology – Mersey Region; 1990 -1994. During this time I undertook research supported by a grant from the British Heart Foundation.  This research was to determine the pathogenesis of cardiac cachexia.

Other current roles:

  • Associate Medical Director for Appraisal and Revalidation from 2009.
  • Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Liverpool University from 1994.
  • Royal College of Physicians MRCP examiner from 1999.
  • Royal College of Physicians Faculty of Education facilitator and member from 2005.
  • Responsible Officer Appraiser for NHS England (North) from 2013.
  • Consultant Appraiser from 2001
  • Professional Coach
  • Mentor for consultants


Other roles:

  • Clinical Director, Department of Medicine for the Elderly 1999 – 2006
  • Executive Director on Trust Board, Wirral University Teaching Hospital 1999 -2006
  • Associate Director, Revalidation Support Team (Department of Health, D of H) 2009-2014.
  • Clinical lead for national revalidation pathfinder pilot /Mersey 2010
  • Member of expert group for revalidation, North West SHA 2012-2014


I teach medical students from Liverpool University.

I teach trainee doctors and nurses on ward rounds and in clinics

I have taught doctors taking MRCP for over 20 years and have delivered national courses on how to pass PACES

I have lectured locally, regionally and nationally on the following topics:

  • Appraisal and Revalidation – I deliver three one day courses a year at WUTH with many external delegates attending. I have delivered similar courses with the RCP nationally over the last 10years.
  • Many national lectures on appraisal including at NHS Employers conferences and RO conferences.
  • “How to be an effective educational supervisor” –nationally for RCP.
  • Communication skills – locally and regionally.  I have trained over 300 employees at WUTH and many trainees in the region who are sitting the MRCP examination.
  • NSF for older people – locally for staff at WUTH and also for the Wirral Older Peoples Parliament to several hundred Wirral residents.
  • I have delivered lectures on ageism and was asked to speak at a conference at the King’s Fund in 2005.


Not currently active in research but as a senior registrar I undertook research on the pathogenesis of cardiac cachexia and was support by a grant from the British Heart Foundation

Published work

I have published over 80 papers in peer reviewed journals and over 30 abstracts.  I have written 4 books on clinical medicine related to the MRCP examination.  Some examples:


  1. Wild C., Shah D., King D. Systemic amyloidosis with cardiac involvement  Geriatric Medicine 2009; 39(1) : 34-38.
  2. Concise guidelines to Good practice. A series of evidence-based guidelines for clinical management No 12. Advance Care Planning National Guidelines. RCP 2009.
  3. Blayney S., Swan A., Ashworth-Jones J.A., Diwan D., King D., Do Not Resuscitate Policy(DNR) implementation by DNR Link Trainers in an acute Trust. 2010; Volume 39 Supplement 2 p21.
  4. King D., Teaching Doctors.  Focus on Revalidation.  Royal College of Physicians Commentary; Issue 1, February 2013 p13.


  1. King D and Benbow S J.  MCQs in Medicine.  Chapman & Hall.  London 1994.
  2. King D.  Picture Tests and Short Cases for MRCP.  W B Saunders Company Ltd.  London 1996.
  3. King D.  Revision for the MRCP Part 2 : Data Interpretation case, histories and photographic material.  W B Saunders Company Ltd.  London 1999.
  4. King D, Williamson V.  Radiology cases for the MRCP.  W B Saunders Company Ltd.  London 1999.
  5. King D.  Medical Masterclass, Royal College of Physicians of London.  Clinical Skills.  Blackwell Science 2001 (Chapter).