Debbie McGirr

Debbie McGirr

Debbie McGirr

Lecturer in Child Health Nursing


Debbie is a Child Health Nursing lecturer in the School of Health & Social Care. She holds registered nurse qualifications in adult, children's and district nursing and has extensive clinical and educational experience in community children's nursing and paediatric palliative care. Debbie has undertaken an external secondment with NSS as Lead Clinician for the National Managed Clinical Network for Children with Exceptional Needs (NMCN CEN) working across statutory and third sector services and has experience in advising government bodies as part of Strategic working groups representing Children and Young people with palliative care needs and complex needs/disabilities. Debbie is currently External Examiner for the MSc Children's Community Nursing and associated modules at the University of South Wales.



Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Member of Scottish Children & Young People’s Palliative Care Executive committee representing the NMCN CEN
  • Member of Children’s Hospice Association/University of York Executive Steering Group for National research study into numbers and of children with palliative care in Scotland
  • Education representative for Community Children’s Nursing Career Framework development group (Scottish Government)
  • University representative for Review of Nursing in the Community (NHS Education for Scotland)
  • Member of Scottish Government’s Disabled Children & Young People’s Advisory Group representing the NMCN CEN


Conference Activity

  • Chair and Organiser of National CEN Conference


Invited Speaker

  • NES General Practice Nurses Training Programme
  • Scottish Paediatric Gastro-hepatology annual conference
  • NES General Practice Nurses Training Programme
  • Updating the development of a Scottish framework for Children's Continuing Care
  • NES General Practice Nurses Training Programme
  • The development of continuing care framework for children & young people in Scotland
  • NES General Practice Nurses Training Programme
  • Annual GP nurses conference – Introducing GIRFEC and the work of CEN
  • Annual Public Health Conference ‘Joint education opportunities between child and mental health’
  • Scottish paediatric palliative care conference – The role of REACT nurse
  • ENTER conference co-authoring ‘The use of the Hub & Spoke model of practice learning experience in child and mental health student nurses’
  • NETNEP International conference, Netherlands: ‘Exploring The Views Of Community Children’s Nurses. What Educational Knowledge And Skills Do Child Health Nurses Need To Work In A Community Children’s Nursing Team And Why?’
  • Child Health conference Belfast
  • CEN annual conference – The work of CEN and launch of Transition educational module