Consultant

Richard is a master’s graduate of clinical and health psychology who applies diverse interests relevant to healthcare, mental health, social and emotional development, and qualitative and quantitative research methods in his role as a consultant.

Richard is part of the Strategic Change team, working under the ‘Evidence and Knowledge’ and ‘Applied Qualitative Methods’ service lines. His recent project experience may be summarised in terms of supporting service and programme evaluation through qualitative and mixed-methods analysis. Richard has also produced a variety of evidence outputs to inform decision-making across a range of topics (e.g. prognostic tools for end of life; ‘gamification’; oral health in special educational settings; inequalities in access to mental healthcare for children and young people; inequalities in health outcomes and access to care as a result of Covid-19). In 2020, Richard also worked as part of a small team to screen, collate and regularly disseminate emerging research evidence on seven topic areas relevant to Covid-19.

Before joining The Strategy Unit, Richard’s experiences in the education and voluntary sectors informed a continued interest in using qualitative methods to highlight insights which may be overlooked by purely quantitative approaches. Alongside a broad contextual knowledge of human behaviour, this is supplemented by skills in critical appraisal, screening, and evidence synthesis and a keen interest in applying research evidence to enhance decision making.