Veryan Richards


Individual Partner: Veryan Richards, lay participant contributing towards shaping the policy narrative and improving patient experience in mental healthcare.

Preferred contact:

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.

Lay Representative:

  • Royal College of Psychiatrists Lay Reviewer
  • Brazilian VBP Network
  • RCPsych (London) – Curriculum and Assessment Committee, Curricula Revision Working Group
  • RCPsych (Wales) – Language Guidelines Working Group
  • All Wales Spirituality Health and Well-Being Group (SHaW), Task and Finish Group (see below)

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.
Training in psychiatry: making person-centred care a reality (2019)

Montgomery and shared decision-making: implications for good psychiatric practice (2018) – Gwen Adshead, David Crepaz-Keay, Mayura Deshpande, KWM (Bill) Fulford, Veryan Richards

RCPsych College Report 215 Person-centred care: implications for training in psychiatry (2018)

Richards, Veryan (2018). The importance of language in mental health care. The Lancet Psychiatry 5(6):460-461. (053018).

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.