Dee is a pain specialist nurse. She was awarded her doctorate in 2000 for her thesis on the identification and use of self-generated pain coping strategies. She has worked in clinical practice, education, service development and pain research in the NHS and independent sectors.
She is a member of the British Pain Society and CMSUK serving on committees in both societies. She is a co-author of the Faculty of Pain Medicine standards for nursing practice in pain.
Dee has been a carer twice in her life and is passionate about carers issues. She was part of the NHS Modernisation Agency Clinical Governance Support Team Core Carers Group, which influenced policy and practice for several years. She supported Bucks Carers in enhancing knowledge and understanding of pain and its management. She undertook collaborative research on the impact of pain upon carers and engaged carers in a local pain management programme.