After qualification as a pharmacist, Richard spent his early career practising in general hospital before moving to mental health care. Following a Clinical Diploma in 2011, in 2014 he completed a PhD exploring medication safety in hospitals whilst working part time as a mental health clinical pharmacist. In 2017, he also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and registered as a Fellow with the Higher Education Academy.
Today, Richard is a Clinical Lecturer in Pharmacy at The University of Manchester where he combines teaching, research and clinical practice in mental health pharmacy. He has received funding grant awards and publishes academic research papers focusing on medication safety across prisons, mental health settings, general hospitals and primary care, and he teaches clinical pharmacy and patient safety topics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. In 2017, Richard was elected as Research Portfolio Holder on the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP) Council.