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Dr Richard L Peacocke BSc Hons MSc spent some years with Army Bomb Disposal before relocating to Dorset and joining HM Prison Service.
After training as a hypnotherapist, he successfully ran his own part-time private practice. He then trained as a registered mental health nurse and psychologist with the prison service, after which he was employed as the healthcare manager of a complex men’s prison until he retired in 1999.
He began full-time study and was awarded a Masters in Investigative Psychology at Liverpool University, his thesis leading to the Drivers’ Awareness Courses being developed by the Home Office. He followed this with a Post-graduate Diploma in Forensic and Biological Anthropology.
Dissatisfied with Quantitative science, he worked as a Consultant with Dorset Mental Health Forum, jointly devising and developing the charity’s ‘Reach Out Campaign’. Funded by the Big Lotto, he quickly developed it into the Peer Representative and Peer Specialist mental health services user employment roles. As an enthusiastic first-embracer of the new Recovery paradigm, he devised, wrote, marketed and delivered training packages to local government officers and NHS staff. During this period, he wrote his autoethnographic doctoral thesis with Bournemouth University.
He has acted as a Champion on projects such as “Is it for me?”, a National Mind study of the roll out of Personalisation and Direct Payments schemes, the ‘Enhancing the Healing Environment’ NHS services enrichment project with the King’s Fund, a Personalisation study with HASCAS, various hospital environmental quality inspections, Vice Chair of the local NHS mental health PPIF, membership of PEAT Inspection Teams, and Chair of sundry committees with local government and the NHS during the detailed local development and roll out of the social funding ‘Personalisation’ Government initiative of Independent Budgets. After ten years he retired from the Forum.
He is now an independent researcher in veterans’ mental health matters with particular focus on the effect PTSD sufferers have on their loved ones.
He lives in Poole, Dorset , and is married to Stephanie, an HR professional, with five children and eleven grandchildren between them.
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