Richard is a senior lecturer in Law at the College of Human and Health Sciences, where he has taught since 1992. He initially trained as a mental nurse becoming registered in 1983 and later gaining a diploma in Nursing (1988). He then turned his attention to an academic career completing a certificate in Education in 1991 and graduating with a Bachelor of Nursing degree in 1992. He completed a Master of laws (legal aspects of medical practice) in 1995 and has also completed a professional graduate diploma in law (1997).

He has particular interest in applied law and has published over 300 articles in a wide range of nursing, pharmacy and medical journals. Richard also provides training and advice to NHS trusts and Local Health Boards on applied law. Topics include mental capacity and mental health law, pharmacy and medication management, recordkeeping and giving evidence in court.

Richard is the leader of the Health and Social Care Law team which is taught to undergraduates, postgraduates, on professional courses and specialist bespoke courses to health boards and local authorities.

Publications

  1. Obtaining consent for the immunisation of adults. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 00-00.
  2. What is Gillick competence. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 00-00.
  3. Understanding theCode: acting in a patient's best interests. British Journal of Community Nursing 20(9), 458-461.
  4. Legal regulation of the management of waste. British Journal of Nursing 24(15), 796-797.
  5. Do not attempt resuscitation orders: a review of the issues. British Journal of Community Nursing 12(5), 228-233.

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Teaching

  • SHF208 Further Personal and Professional Development

    This module further develops skills for self-monitoring and reflective practice. This module will also consider topics important for the understanding of Osteopathy within the context of the health care.

  • SHG237 Key Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

    The incidence of mental health problems is rising within the population of children and young people. This has become a matter of concern for all agencies. There is a need for society to acknowledge that these issues concern everyone, so that these problems can be addressed and suitable care and access to treatment be provided to enable the child and young person to fulfill their potential and participate within their communities and society.

  • SHG3089 Fundamentals of Community Mental Health Practice

    This module provides students with the opportunity to examine and develop the core values, knowledge and skills associated with the provision of safe, effective and collaborative mental health care in the community. By the end of the module students will have knowledge of the formal and informal resources available to people living with mental health problems in the community, and will recognise the importance of promoting partnerships with service users in meeting needs. Students will be supported to develop their capabilities in assessment, care provision and coordination and decision-making, with due regard to the available evidence, and will have knowledge of relevant policy and law related to community mental health practice.

  • SHG369 Key Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

    The incidence of mental health problems is rising within the population of children and young people. This has become a matter of concern for all agencies. There is a need for society to acknowledge that these issues concern everyone, so that these problems can be addressed and suitable care and access to treatment be provided to enable the child and young person to fulfill their potential and participate within their communities and society.

  • SHG391 Contemporary issues in Healthcare Practice

    Contemporary issues in healthcare practice aims to introduce students to concepts of contemporary healthcare practice by promoting professional development and management in practice. It also links theory to practice situations through group work, discussion and debate and aims to consolidate learning in practice.

  • SHG392 Health Care and the Law

    The aim of the module is to raise awareness of the legal principles that underpin health care.

  • SHPM20 Dissertation (MA Medical Law and Ethics)

    A supervised programme of reading and critical reflection upon an agreed topic area within medical law and ethics leading to the production of a written dissertation not normally exceeding 20,000 words.

  • SHPM45 Introduction to Law and Medicine

    This module introduces the legal system in England & Wales and its role in medicine. Students will be introduced to the nature of law and legal argument and learn how to evaluate case law in relation to consent to examination and treatment.

  • SHPM46 Patients, Professionals and the Law

    This module introduces the students to the law relating to negligence, reproduction, end of life issues and confidentiality through the use of case law and statute law.

  • SHPM47 Mental Health, Mental Capacity and the Law

    This module introduces students to the laws relating to mental health and mental capacity. Case law will be used to analyse the role of law in this area and mental health will be used as a basis for considering the impact of human rights on healthcare.

  • SHPM48 Philosophy, Ethics & Medicine

    This module introduces and examines some of the fundamental theoretical approaches to ethics in relation to examples taken from healthcare. It also considers the nature of moral judgements and the relation between ethics and the law.

Supervision

  • 'A global ethical and legal approach to the permissibility and legalisation of abortion; From confrontation to common ground' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Steven Edwards