Veryan Richards


Individual Partner:

Veryan Richards, lay participant contributing towards shaping the policy narrative and improving patient experience in several areas of healthcare.

In November 2020, Veryan was awarded the prestigious President’s Medal by The Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, for her work on values and person-centred care in mental health.

Finalist in the 2018 Leading Wales Awards/Category – Leadership for the Future

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Resident in: UK;

Working in: UK;

Area(s) of Interest in VBP: Policy/Co-production, Services/Mental health, Services/Person-centred, Services/Teamwork; Interprofessional education and collaborative practice, Other/Evidence-based and values-based practice in person-centred healthcare.

Related Area(s) of Interest: Advanced communication skills, Language, Shared decision-making, Integrated services, Continuity of care, Parity of esteem, Spirituality

Area(s) of healthcare expertise: Mental health, Holistic person-centred care, Values-based practice, Co-production, Medical Education, Lay Representative

Brief Description of WorkI am interested in the balance and delivery of evidence-based and values-based practice in person-centred healthcare

Co-author of Royal Collage of Psychiatrists College Report 204 – Core Values for Psychiatrists (see below)

Lay Representative:

  • Royal College of Psychiatrists Invited Review Service Lay Reviewer
  • RCPsych (London) – several Committees, including the Curricula Revision Working Group
  • Health Education England Advanced Practice Mental Health Steering Group
  • RCPsych (Wales) – Language Guidelines Working Group
  • All Wales Spirituality Health and Well-Being Group (SHaW)

Read More

Richards V. The power of language: The importance of shaping language as a constructive tool in health care

J Eval Clin Pract. 2019;1–2.

RCPsych College Report 215 – Training in psychiatry: making person-centred care a reality
RCPsych Person-Centred Training and Curriculum Scoping Group

Montgomery and shared decision-making: implications for good psychiatric practice – Gwen Adshead, David Crepaz-Keay, Mayura Deshpande, KWM (Bill) Fulford, Veryan Richards

RCPsych College Report 215 Person-centred care: implications for training in psychiatry

Richards, Veryan. The importance of language in mental health care
The Lancet Psychiatry 5(6):460-461. (053018)

Richards V. Uncharted Territory

For Core Values for Psychiatrists see:

Richards V. Parity begins at home
The Lancet Psychiatry 2015;2(12):1051-2

The Task and Finish Group (SHaW) 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