Professor The Lord Patel
of Bradford OBE

Lord Patel, a social worker by background, is the Chairman of the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University Director of Strategic Partnerships and Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor at the University of East London.

He entered the House of Lords in 2006 as an independent peer and was later appointed Minister in the Governments Whip’s Office in the House of Lord.

Lord Patel has held a number of high-profile public appointments on national boards and committees, including, the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work, the Home Office’s Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs, the Healthcare Commission, the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse and the Care Quality Commission. He was also Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission.

Lord Patel has contributed to a variety of Government policies including being the architect of the Government’s five year action plan for delivering race equality in mental health care. In 2007 he was appointed by the Prime Minister to act as a Ministerial Adviser to the Secretary of State (DCLG) in respect of the government’s PREVENT agenda (Preventing Violent Extremism). He was also Chairman of a National Taskforce looking at the effectiveness of prison drug treatment culminating in the publication of the influential Patel Report.