Raymond has a background in psychology and was
trained as a social worker. For many years he was employed in
social care, and then cared for 11 years, full-time, for his wife
who had a complexity of mental ill health issues.
Raymond became actively involved in the work
of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and took an active role in
the College’s Partners in Care campaign in 2004/2005. This campaign
was designed to highlight the problems faced by carers of all ages
of people with different mental health problems and learning
disabilities and to encourage true partnerships between carers,
patients and professionals.
Raymond was chair of the East and North
Hertfordshire Patient and Public Involvement Forum for three years
and was actively involved in a number of local voluntary groups.
His particular areas of interests have been education, consultation
Raymond became the first carer representative
on the London Division in November 1999. He was elected as Chair of
the Carers’ Forum in 2008 and had been the Forum representative on
Council since that time. He has also represented the Carers’ Forum
on the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges’ Patients Liaison Group.
Raymond is the carer representative on the London Deanery
Psychiatry School Board and has represented carers interests on the
Joint Commissioning Panel on Mental Health and attended the Expert
Reference Group on CAMHS Transitions.
Since 2009, Raymond has also been a judge for
the RCPsych Award for Psychiatrist of the Year.
Raymond has been very active within the
College since 1999 and has chaired the Carers’ Forum with great
tact and diplomacy. He has always intervened constructively and has
been a good friend of psychiatry and to psychiatrists, as well as a
champion for patients and carers.