Mr Richard Griffith
Senior Lecturer
Interprofessional Studies
Telephone: (01792) 513810
Room: Office - F03
First Floor
St Davids Block 3 School of Health Science
Leased Accommodation

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.


  1. Shepherd, V., Wood, F., Griffith, R., Sheehan, M., Hood, K. Protection by exclusion? The (lack of) inclusion of adults who lack capacity to consent to research in clinical trials in the UK Trials 20 1
  2. Shepherd, V., Wood, F., Griffith, R., Sheehan, M., Hood, K. Research involving adults lacking capacity to consent: a content analysis of participant information sheets for consultees and legal representatives in England and Wales Trials 20 1
  3. Griffith, R. Using community treatment orders: key provisions British Journal of Nursing 28 1 66 67
  4. Griffith, R. Seeking an order to withdraw treatment from the Court of Protection British Journal of Community Nursing 23 12 615 617
  5. Griffith, R. Lasting powers of attorney British Journal of Community Nursing 23 11 567 569

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  • 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.

  • SHG367 Return to Practice

    The module is intended to allow nurses to study the theoretical and practical aspects of the contemporary role of the nurse. Students will learn how the structure of NHS settings has changed in the last few years to make it easier for health care professionals, and in particular nurses, to deliver continuously high standards of care. This module is suitable for: ¿ Qualified nurses and health visitors (HVs)whose registration has lapsed to return to practice in line with the PREP Standards (NMC, 2011) ¿ Qualified nurses whose registration is subject to sanctions imposed by the NMC and are required by the NMC to undertake the return to practice programme. (The Nursing and Midwifery Order, 2001) ¿ EU & EEA qualified nurses to register in the UK in line with Registering as a nurse or midwife in the UK (NMC, 2011). ¿ Registered nurses / HVs seeking to update and refresh their skills and knowledge. ¿ Registered nurses / HVs identified by their employer as requiring an update to refresh their skills and knowledge.

  • 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.

  • SHN125 Introduction to the Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (Adult)

    This core module addresses specific keys areas relating to the fundamentals of nursing practice and clinical exposure encompassing mandatory training. The module will introduce students to the profession of nursing, the underpinning values of the nursing profession and the professional codes of practice. The importance of patient dignity, respect, care and compassion will be integrated throughout the module and related to safe, person-centred care. The module will introduce the students to meeting the client/service user¿s physical and emotional needs.

  • SHN271 Health Promotion and Public Health (Adult)

    Health promotion and public health are essential components of the nurse‿s role. This module aims to provide students with an understanding of public health development, the nurse‿s role and priorities for action such as inequalities, advocacy and partnership working. Key principles of health promotion and its role within public health will also be explored. The module will also provide students with knowledge of how to promote health within practice across the lifespan in a variety of settings.

  • SHN3045 Nurse Prescribing for Community Nurse Practitioners (V100)

    This module facilitates the students¿ acquisition of the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes for safe effective prescribing from the Nurse Prescribing Formulary making them clinically accountable for any action that they take as part of their prescribing role. The benefits of nurse prescribing has been consistently reported in the literature with evidence to show improved patient care and satisfaction, increased access to medicines, reduction in waiting times and delivery of high quality care (Royal College of Nursing 2012). To practice competently at this level requires practitioners to possess knowledge of pharmacology and ethical and legislative frameworks. Successful completion will enable the practitioner to record their qualification as a `Community practitioner nurse prescriber (V100)¿. A prescribing practice teacher (PT) or sign-off mentor (SOM) or Practice Assessor (PA) will support each student in a practice setting that has undergone an educational audit. The PT / SOM or PA will work alongside the student in guiding prescribing practice in a simulated environment. N.B. If at any time unsafe practice is demonstrated, an automatic fail will result.

  • SHN3055 Managing Complex Care in Rapidly Changing Situations (Adult)

    This module aims to give an overview of specialist aspects of nursing practice, especially when care can be considered complex and situations rapidly change. The module also aims to give a greater insight into the application of legal, ethical and professional issues to practice. This module draws on the content of modules within Years 1 and 2 and experiences in practice to consolidate the knowledge, skills and attitude for professional practice in the field of adult nursing.

  • SHN3059 Managing Complex Care in Rapidly Changing Situations (Mental Health)

    This module aims to give an overview of specialist aspects of mental health nursing practice, especially when care can be considered complex and situations rapidly change. The module also aims to give a greater insight into the application of legal, ethical and professional issues to practice. This module draws on the content of modules within Years 1 and 2 and experiences in practice to consolidate the knowledge, skills and attitude for professional practice in the field of mental health nursing.

  • SHPM00 Assessing decision making capacity

    This module adopts an active learning flipped classroom approach to enable students to undertake evidence based assessments of decision making capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Students are required to pass a practical assessment as well as complete an academic assignment.

  • 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.

  • SWSM01 Values based Practice and Ethical Decision Making in Mental Health Services

    This module aims to help students to: 1. identify and where appropriate intervene in mental health settings to counter decisions that may be based on oppressive practice, 2. respect the abilities and backgrounds of users and carers of mental health services and promote culturally and linguistically sensitive practice. 3. promote the rights, dignity and self-determination of individuals and recognise in their work individuals¿ needs for personal respect, choice, dignity and privacy.

  • SWSM02 Policy and Law in mental health services

    The module will include those items identified in the WAG Regulations Key Competence Area 2 (The Application of Knowledge: Legislation and Policy) and those items identified in the Social Care Wales key skills under 'Legislation and Systems' and 'Professional Responsibilities'.

  • SWSM03 Understanding Mental Health and Mental Distress

    This module addresses the principal models of mental distress and their relationship to the role of the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP). Biomedical and psychological models are considered and there is a key emphasis on the social perspective required of AMHPs.

  • SWSM04 Professional Decision Making and Partnership in Mental Health

    This module considers the judgment and decision making required when taking account of the wishes and feelings of the individual, their cultural background, social and family background, the nature of the mental disorder and its likely course when reaching conclusions in the role of the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP).


  • A qualitative study exploring midwives’ understanding of human rights in childbirth. (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Alys Einion- Waller
  • 'A global ethical and legal approach to the permissibility and legalisation of abortion; From confrontation to common ground' (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Dr Alys Einion- Waller