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I am a Professor of Mental Health Services Research at the University of Exeter. I am a Senior Investigator in the NIHR Faculty and also at the forefront of national and international efforts to improve access to treatment for those suffering from high prevalence mental health problems such as depression. This work involves developing and testing evidence based treatments, and then translating alternative models of treatment delivery into routine clinical environments. I led the development of the low-intensity treatment methods at the heart of the UK Department of Health‘s ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies‘ (IAPT) programme from its inception in 2005 and was Clinical Informatics Advisor to the IAPT programme from 2008-2011.
I am also the President of the European Academy of Nursing Science and chair of the REFLECTION Research Network Programme funded by the European Science Foundation. REFLECTION is an interdisciplinary European Faculty of researchers in nursing who design, plan and implement programmatic, mixed methods and complex interventions research in nursing. It runs Europe-wide masterclasses and summer schools for early stage and experienced researchers.
I am the editor of a new book 'Complex Interventions in Health' published in April 2015.
You can watch Professor David Richards NIHR Fellowship seminar here.
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University of Exeter
Areas of expertise
Mental Health, Psychological Therapies, Nursing, Health Services Research, Complex Interventions
23 June 2017
A national collaboration supported by PenCLAHRC, investigating
ways to support prisoners with mental health problems both...
22 June 2017
New research, supported by PenCLAHRC, has shown that the youngest
pupils in each school year...
16 June 2017
Carers have spoken about the value of sharing their experiences
with students and researchers at...
Theme: Mental Health & Dementia
A research programme examining a public health intervention
designed to help members of the public...
Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Providing modelling evidence of the optimal size for an expanded
Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU) at...