Dr Richard Hain has been a Trustee for Together for Short Lives since 2011. Richard qualified from Guy’s Hospital in London in 1986, and he 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, as well as in their homes 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, where 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 was involved with the Association for Children’s Palliative Care (ACT) since the 1990s, and remained involved with the charity when ACT merged with Children’s Hospices UK in 2011 to form Together for Short Lives.