Richard qualified from Guy’s Hospital in London in 1986, and was clinically trained in paediatrics (London and Plymouth), paediatric oncology (Leeds and Toronto) and adult palliative medicine (Ottawa and Cardiff). In 2000 Richard was appointed as the UK’s second consultant in paediatric palliative medicine based in Cardiff.
Richard sees children on the ward and in outpatient clinics across South East Wales, and also sees children in their home and at Tŷ Hafan Children’s Hospice. Richard chairs the Managed Clinical Network which advises on strategy for children’s palliative care in Wales.
Richard’s early doctoral research was in opioid pharmacology in children when he became interested in the wider nature of palliative care in children. Richard holds an honorary Senior Lectureship at Bangor University and honorary Professorship at the University of South Wales. He has a postgraduate qualification in professional and clinical education, and has developed curricula in paediatric palliative medicine for the Cardiff Diploma in Palliative Medicine, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the University of South Wales, and in ethics and professionalism at the School of Medicine at Cardiff University. Richard has also developed a research interest in medical ethics in children.
Richard has been involved with ACT since the 1990s and later with Together for Short Lives following the merger of ACT and Children's Hospices UK in 2011.