Richard Forbes qualified from Coventry University in 2003 and began working at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in the same year. Since 2009, he has specialised in hand therapy, working with many consultant hand surgeons at the Royal Berkshire including in its outpatient clinics. He is a member of The British Association of Hand Therapists; a qualified injection practitioner; can fit custom-moulded splints; and is practiced in using imaging such as X-rays and MRIs to aid diagnosis.
He maintains an interest in the whole upper limb and worked alongside the shoulder specialist physiotherapist at RBH and at Circle Reading Hospital. He is trained in the use of acupuncture as an adjunct to his other treatment modalities.
He is a keen cricket player and as a level one cricket coach, has an interest in cricket-related sports injuries.