Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust named their new chairman earlier this week as Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE took over the reins at the city’s trust.
Lord Kamlesh Patel will succeed David Richardson, who steps down from his post on 30th June after serving three consecutive terms in office, which is the maximum allowed under the Foundation Trust’s constitution.
Lord Patel said his appointment comes at an ‘exciting but challenging time’ for the NHS.
He added: “I am very excited and honoured to be taking up the position of Chair at the Trust, Bradford is my home and I am committed to ensuring that Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust continues to improve and provides an excellent service for all the people of Bradford.”
Lord Patel is a social worker by background and moved into academia establishing the Centre for Ethnicity and Health at the University of Central Lancashire and specialising in research connected to the reduction of health inequalities.
Alongside this work he has held a number of public appointments including Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission, National Strategic Director with the Department of Health (Race Equality and Mental Health), a non-executive director of a number of public bodies in the areas of substance misuse, mental health and social work, including the Care Quality Commission.
He entered the House of Lords in 2006 as an independent peer and was later appointed as a Minister in the Governments Whips Office in the House of Lords.
Lord Patel Chaired the National Prison Drug Treatment Strategy Review Group which resulted in the publication of The Patel Report and subsequent policy changes in the delivery of prison drug treatment.
In addition to his duties as a member of the House of Lords, Lord Patel is currently Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor of the University of East London, Vice-President and Professorial Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and Institute of Healthcare Management, Professorial Fellow of the Institute of Mental health and patron of a number of charities based both in Bradford and nationally.
Bryan Millar, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: “We are delighted to welcome Kamlesh to the Foundation Trust, his wealth of experience and insight will help us to successfully meet future challenges for the benefit of Bradford.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank David for his enormous commitment over the years and the legacy he will be leaving behind as the outgoing chair.”
David Richardson, who has been Chairman of the Trust for nine years and will stand down next month, said he was proud of him time in office.
He added: “My time at the Trust has been very rewarding. I have had the privilege of working with an outstanding group of people who work tremendously hard to ensure the people of Bradford receive high quality care and great clinical services.”