Dezita started her theatre career as a nurse cadet on an apprenticeship scheme and she went on to qualify as an ODP back in 2006. She is a passionate and dedicated ODP who has gained professional credibility for her strong work ethic and for being a driving force for change within clinical practice and perioperative education. In 2018 she was awarded the AfPP Trustee Special Recognition Award for outstanding contribution to the AfPP and in 2017, she was awarded Two Royal Awards from The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust; The CEO Individual Award where she was recognised for her national and international work in robotic surgery and the Exceeding Expectations Award for always striving for gold standard care, inspiring staff development, going above and beyond the call of duty, supporting colleagues and maintaining excellent working relationships.
Currently, Dezita undertakes the role of Senior Lecturer (Surgical Pathway) and Interim Course Leader for the FdSc Health & Social Care Apprenticeship programme within Birmingham City University. She also delivers pre and post registration education within the Operating Department Practice programme; undertakes the role of external examiner for other university courses and is a fellow of The Higher Education Academy. Dezita is due to start her MSc in Healthcare Leadership in September 2019.
Dezita has held senior roles within the NHS, she has been a Theatre Team Leader within Gynaecology and Obstetrics where she also carried out theatre managerial responsibilities. Her particular interests are healthcare leadership, coaching and mentoring, patient safety, human factors and perioperative innovation. She has held a number of positions on committees such as The Society of European Robotic Gynaecological Surgeons (SERGS) and The British and Irish Association of Robotic Gynaecological Surgeons, working as a member of each committee to develop educational opportunities for perioperative teams.
An active member of the AfPP since 2007, Dezita was the West Midlands AfPP Regional Lead for a number of years, representing the Association and the views of perioperative practitioners at regional strategic meetings. She is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Perioperative Practice and also conducts audits within perioperative workplaces using the AfPP perioperative audit tool.