Dr. Richard Harling

Chair of WM-ADASS Branch, Director of Adult Services & Health, Staffordshire Council

Richard is the WM-ADASS Branch Chair and as Director of Health and Care at Staffordshire Council, he holds the statutory responsibilities for adult social services and public health for children and adults. He has been with the Staffordshire County Council since 2016 having previously held a similar role in Worcestershire between 2013 and 2016.

Richard trained as a doctor in London and qualified in 1993 before working in Accident & Emergency and hospital medicine and entering public health in 1999. More recently he has worked in local authorities the NHS and other public health organisations both nationally and internationally.

Richard has led transformation and improvement of health and care at local and national level. He has led work for the Associations of Directors of Adult Social Services and Public Health regionally and nationally. He has also advised the Department of Health, Home Office and European Commission. Richard has a particular interest in innovation and the use of technology to improve the quality and productivity of health and care services.