Veryan Richards


Individual Partner: Veryan Richards, lay representative contributing to shaping policy and improving patient experience in mental healthcare.

Preferred contact: [email protected]

Key Words: Resident in: UK; Working in: UK; Area(s) of Interest in VBP: Policy/co-production, Services/mental health, Services/person-centred, Services/teamwork, Other/evidence-based and values-based practice in person-centred care; Related Area(s) of Interest: Communication skills, Language, Shared decision-making, Integrated services, Parity of esteem. Other/Spirituality; Area(s) of healthcare expertise: Mental health, Person-centred care, Co-production, Primary mental healthcare, Patient Representative.

Brief Description of Work: I co-authored ‘Core Values for Psychiatrists’ with Professor Keith Lloyd and the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales. I am a Patient Representative on – the RCPsych (London) Patient and Carer Committee, Curriculum and Assessment Committee, RCPsych/RCGP Primary Care and Mental Health Experts Group. I am also a Patient Representative on – the RCPsych (Wales) Executive Committee, Recruitment and Retention Committee, Public Engagement Group; the Welsh Spirituality and Mental Health Special Interest Group. Task and Finish Group (see below). I am interested in the balance in healthcare of evidence-based practice and values-based practice in person-centred care.

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The Task and Finish Group (see above) reviewed The 2010 Standards of Spiritual Care in Wales and developed the Supporting Guidance for Spiritual and Pastoral Care for the Health and Care Standards in Wales, 2015. See:

For Core Values for Psychiatrists see:

For Parity of esteem see: Richards V. Parity begins at home. Lancet Psychiatry. 2015;2(12):1051-2.