Richard qualified as a nurse in 1989. He worked clinically in several settings, including areas specialising in oncology, renal, and liver services. Following several years working in intensive care, he specialised as a transplant coordinator, working with adults and children receiving liver, kidney, small bowel transplants, and patients who were donating their organs for transplantation.
In 2000, Richard moved into nurse education, working for several years at the University of Central England, before taking up a post at the University of Birmingham in 2005.
During his time in education, Richard has been gained a wide experience of aspects of nurse education, including aspects of teaching and learning, course management, and curriculum development. He has held several positions, including programme manager, adult branch lead, and curriculum planning developer.
More recently, Richard has developed his focus on how students cope with learning within the university setting, especially in the first year.