Richard Williams has been the Professor of Mental Health Strategy in the University of Glamorgan and a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist in the Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust since 1998.
Presently, he is the Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in Wales and Heads up the Royal College of Phsychiatrists in Wales. He is also Director of Conferences in the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Professional Adviser in Child & Adolescent Mental Health to the Welsh Assembly Government and he Chairs the Steering Group of the newly inspired Welsh Collaboration in Mental Health which is a cross-agency, cross-sector, voluntary body created in 2003.
He continues as an active clinician in parallel with his research and work in service development. Much of Richard Williams’ research relates to workforce development and user and carer participation in service design and continuing professional education. He has published widely on matters relating to healthcare strategy and evidence-based and value-based service design and is the co-editor of major new text on strategic approaches to developing child and adolescent mental health service that is to appear in autumn 2004. He has a special interest in the physical and psychological impacts of trauma, conflict and post-conflict recovery.
Richard Williams’ roles come together in his core involvement in developeing statutory sector-funded healthcare services. Currently he has a leading role in reviewing the roles and values of psychiatrists for his Royal College and is a leader in the British Governments’ work on workforce and other issues in mental health and this includes advocating 'New Ways of Working in Mental Health’ (the title of the joint RCPsych-NIMHE project).
Previously, he was a consultant psychaitrist and the Bristol Royal Hospital for Sick Children for 18 years, Director of the NHS Health Advisory Service (from 1992 to 1996) and Vice Chairman of the Mental Health Commission (from 1997 to 2001).