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K Patel appointed to House of Lords

Kamlesh Patel, an academic, has been appointed to the UK's House of Lords as a non-party peer.

india Updated: May 03, 2006 18:40 IST

Kamlesh Patel, an academic with over 20 years of experience in the health and social care sector, has been appointed to the UK's House of Lords as a non-party peer, it was officially announced on Wednesday.

Patel, OBE and the head of the Centre for Ethnicity and Health at the University of Central Lancashire, has undertaken a wide range of local and national action research projects, consultancies and evaluation, lecturing, advising and publishing widely on his work.

His current activities include work with Scotland Yard on serious and organised crime among South Asian communities, leading edge community led research on drug use, mental health, refugee and asylum seekers, and organisational change in respect of equality and human rights.

Before becoming head of the Centre for Ethnicity and Health, he was a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the University from 1995 to 1999.

The Centre for Ethnicity and Health now employs a multidisciplinary team of over 40 people and has already gained a national and international reputation for its work in addressing inequality in the health and social care field.

"I regard this as the greatest honour that anyone can receive, though I believe people don't get this far in their careers without the help, support, guidance and sacrifice of lots of people.

I hope I will be able to use the knowledge, experience and skills that I have acquired over the last 25 years in the health and social care field to make a real difference where it really matters and for the people that it really matters to," said Patel.