Mr Richard Griffith
Senior Lecturer
Interprofessional Studies
Telephone: (01792) 513810
Room: Office - F03
First Floor
St Davids Block 3 School of Health Science
Leased Accommodation

Richard is a senior lecturer in Law at the College of Human and Health Sciences, where he has taught since 1992. He initially trained as a mental nurse becoming registered in 1983 and later gaining a diploma in Nursing (1988). He then turned his attention to an academic career completing a certificate in Education in 1991 and graduating with a Bachelor of Nursing degree in 1992. He completed a Master of laws (legal aspects of medical practice) in 1995 and has also completed a professional graduate diploma in law (1997).

He has particular interest in applied law and has published over 300 articles in a wide range of nursing, pharmacy and medical journals. Richard also provides training and advice to NHS trusts and Local Health Boards on applied law. Topics include mental capacity and mental health law, pharmacy and medication management, recordkeeping and giving evidence in court.

Richard is the leader of the Health and Social Care Law team which is taught to undergraduates, postgraduates, on professional courses and specialist bespoke courses to health boards and local authorities.


  1. & Research involving adults lacking capacity to consent: a content analysis of participant information sheets for consultees and legal representatives in England and Wales. Trials 20(1)
  2. Using community treatment orders: key provisions. British Journal of Nursing 28(1), 66-67.
  3. Seeking an order to withdraw treatment from the Court of Protection. British Journal of Community Nursing 23(12), 615-617.
  4. Lasting powers of attorney. British Journal of Community Nursing 23(11), 567-569.
  5. The right to aftercare: best endeavours. British Journal of Nursing 27(19), 1132-1133.

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  • SHG108 Introduction to Health Sciences

    This module will introduce the student to normal anatomy and physiology, key sociological and psychological concepts and principles of health promotion. Completion of this module supports the student in acquiring the knowledge to apply understanding of abnormal physiology to patient physical states. Through a variety of learning strategies the student is supported to appreciate how health education and health promotion can have a positive effect upon patient wellbeing.

  • SHG293 Introduction to Clinical Leadership

    The current and future challenges in health and social care make it essential for front line practitioners to have leadership skills and be able to influence and manage change to improve the care and outcomes for service users and contribute to drive forward service improvement. This module will provide students with the theory underpinning leadership and the management of change and the opportunity to explore and discuss their application in the context of clinical practice.

  • SHG3089 Fundamentals of Community Mental Health Practice

    This module provides students with the opportunity to examine and develop the core values, knowledge and skills associated with the provision of safe, effective and collaborative mental health care in the community. By the end of the module students will have knowledge of the formal and informal resources available to people living with mental health problems in the community, and will recognise the importance of promoting partnerships with service users in meeting needs. Students will be supported to develop their capabilities in assessment, care provision and coordination and decision-making, with due regard to the available evidence, and will have knowledge of relevant policy and law related to community mental health practice.

  • SHG367 Return to Practice

    The module is intended to allow nurses to study the theoretical and practical aspects of the contemporary role of the nurse. Students will learn how the structure of NHS settings has changed in the last few years to make it easier for health care professionals, and in particular nurses, to deliver continuously high standards of care. This module is suitable for: ¿ Qualified nurses and health visitors (HVs)whose registration has lapsed to return to practice in line with the PREP Standards (NMC, 2011) ¿ Qualified nurses whose registration is subject to sanctions imposed by the NMC and are required by the NMC to undertake the return to practice programme. (The Nursing and Midwifery Order, 2001) ¿ EU & EEA qualified nurses to register in the UK in line with Registering as a nurse or midwife in the UK (NMC, 2011). ¿ Registered nurses / HVs seeking to update and refresh their skills and knowledge. ¿ Registered nurses / HVs identified by their employer as requiring an update to refresh their skills and knowledge.

  • SHG392 Health Care and the Law

    The aim of the module is to raise awareness of the legal principles that underpin health care.

  • SHGM05 Clinical Assessment and Decision Making in Non-Medical Prescribing (HCPC)

    This module will enable professional learners to develop a systematic, evidence-based and reflective approach to independent/supplementary prescribing practice.

  • SHPM00 Assessing decision making capacity

    This module adopts an active learning flipped classroom approach to enable students to undertake evidence based assessments of decision making capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Students are required to pass a practical assessment as well as complete an academic assignment.

  • SHPM20 Dissertation (MA Medical Law and Ethics)

    A supervised programme of reading and critical reflection upon an agreed topic area within medical law and ethics leading to the production of a written dissertation not normally exceeding 20,000 words.

  • SHPM45 Introduction to Law and Medicine

    This module introduces the legal system in England & Wales and its role in medicine. Students will be introduced to the nature of law and legal argument and learn how to evaluate case law in relation to consent to examination and treatment.

  • SHPM46 Patients, Professionals and the Law

    This module introduces the students to the law relating to negligence, reproduction, end of life issues and confidentiality through the use of case law and statute law.

  • SHPM47 Mental Health, Mental Capacity and the Law

    This module introduces students to the laws relating to mental health and mental capacity. Case law will be used to analyse the role of law in this area and mental health will be used as a basis for considering the impact of human rights on healthcare.

  • SWSM01 Values based Practice and Ethical Decision Making in Mental Health Services

    This module aims to help students to: 1. identify and where appropriate intervene in mental health settings to counter decisions that may be based on oppressive practice, 2. respect the abilities and backgrounds of users and carers of mental health services and promote culturally and linguistically sensitive practice. 3. promote the rights, dignity and self-determination of individuals and recognise in their work individuals¿ needs for personal respect, choice, dignity and privacy.

  • SWSM02 Policy and Law in mental health services

    The module will include those items identified in the WAG Regulations Key Competence Area 2 (The Application of Knowledge: Legislation and Policy) and those items identified in the CCW key skills under 'Legislation and Systems' and 'Professional Responsibilities'.

  • SWSM03 Understanding Mental Health and Mental Distress

    This module addresses the principal models of mental distress and their relationship to the role of the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP). Biomedical and psychological models are considered and there is a key emphasis on the social perspective required of AMHPs.

  • SWSM04 Professional Decision Making and Partnership in Mental Health

    This module considers the judgment and decision making required when taking account of the wishes and feelings of the individual, their cultural background, social and family background, the nature of the mental disorder and its likely course when reaching conclusions in the role of the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP).


  • 'A global ethical and legal approach to the permissibility and legalisation of abortion; From confrontation to common ground' (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Alyson Einion