Veryan Richards


Individual Partner: Veryan Richards, lay participant contributing towards shaping the policy narrative 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, Continuity of care, Parity of esteem, Other/Spirituality. Area(s) of healthcare expertise: Mental health, Person-centred care, Values-based practice, Co-production, Patient Representative.

Brief Description of Work: I am co-author of RCPsych College Report 204 – Core Values for Psychiatrists with Professor Keith Lloyd (see below).

I am interested in the balance in healthcare of evidence-based practice and values-based practice in person-centred care.
For Uncharted Territory see:

Patient Representative: RCPsych (London) – Curriculum and Assessment Committee, RCPsych/RCGP Primary Care Mental Health Experts Group, Patients and Carers Committee. RCPsych (Wales) – Executive Committee, Language Working Group, RCPsych/RCGP Primary Care and Mental Health (Wales), Recruitment and Retention Committee, Public Engagement Group; Welsh Spirituality and Mental Health Special Interest Group. Task and Finish Group (see below).

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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 Uncharted Territory see:

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