Richard Byng


Richard Byng

Richard has worked as a part-time researcher since 1995 in a range of research settings and since 2009 have been developing the Primary Care Group in Plymouth. My main area of research is complex care for complex needs and within that I have developed specific areas of expertise and interest:

  • Shared care for long-term mental illness
  • Content of consultations for mental illness
  • Management of common mental health problems
  • Care for individuals with multi-morbidity
  • Offender health care
  • Organisational systems of health care


I am a General Practitioner and researcher with a particular interest in primary care mental health and care of individuals with complex needs. My PhD involved the development and evaluation of shared care for long-term mental illness utilising a cluster randomised controlled trial and a Realistic evaluation-based process evaluation. I have significant experience of service development, management, policy development and teaching.

I continue to work as a GP at Mount Gould Primary Care Centre and a GP with special interest in mental health, for the Icebreak team at The Zone.

2009  GP with Special Interest in Mental Health accreditation

2004  PhD, University of London, Health Services Research

1996  Masters in Public Health (MPH), University of Birmingham

1992-1993  MRCGP, Oxford (Banbury) Vocational Training Scheme

1985-1988  M.B. B.Ch. (Cambridge), The Royal London Hospital Medical College,

1982-1985  B.A. (Hons) Medical Sciences Degree (2:1), Queens’ College, Cambridge University