Primary qualifications: RMN MSc BSc MAREBT
Richard is the Clinical Director for the NHS Practitioner Health Service and has been with Practitioner Health since 2010 – initially working part time as a CBT therapist and then joined the team full time in 2012. He manages the largest caseload in both services, helping practitioner patients recover from a wide variety of health problems and addictions. As well as seeing practitioner patients for Rational Emotive/ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Richard also undertakes initial assessments alongside his case management role.
Richard now primarily only sees the most complex cases, typically with regulator involvement, atypical addictions and presentations, or those that require enhanced management or confidentiality. Richard is particularly interested in psychopharmacology, non-substance related addictions, and the role of ‘meta emotions’ in maintaining illnesses and addictions. Richard speaks across the country on areas related to practitioner health and has input into many courses and events on related issues.
Richard originally trained as an RMN, working for over a decade post qualification at the SLaM Trust, before becoming a Lecturer/ Practitioner, at King’s College London’s Nightingale school, where he later became a College Tutor and course leader. Whilst at KCL he was given the Teaching Excellence award in 2010. Prior to joining Practitioner Health, Richard worked as a Specialist Nurse Researcher at the South London and Maudsley NHS foundation trust. He has a clinical background in early onset psychosis, psychiatric intensive care, forensic medium secure, as well as acute and general psychiatric in-patient care. He has worked with people in the most acute stages of mental illness in a variety of different settings.
Richard’s areas of interest include clinical perfectionism, anxiety disorders, depression, shame, bipolar disorder and psychosis.