Currently University Director of Strategic Partnerships and Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor at the University of East London, Lord Kamlesh Patel is tasked with creating strategic links between the university and a wide range of public and private sector organisations regionally, nationally and internationally; he is also currently leading on a number of regional and national research and knowledge transfer projects in health, social care and criminal justice policy and practice. Lord Patel is also appointed as Shadow Minister for Communities in the House of Lords.
Until recently Lord Patel was Head of the International School for Communities, Rights and Inclusion, University of Central Lancashire. He is internationally renowned for his work with communities and social cohesion across a range of issues including mental health, drug and alcohol use, crime and regeneration.
Lord Patel’s work is distinguished by his insistence that the subject of any research, whether community groups, individuals or organisations should benefit from being part of that research. To this end, he has developed a series of acclaimed projects in mental health, drug use, crime and equality and human rights based on models of community engagement and organisational change.
Lord Patel has been appointed to a number of 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 and the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse. He served the Mental Health Act Commission since 1995 culminating in his appointment as Chairman in 2002 and in 2008 was appointed to the board of the Care Quality 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 is also Chairman of the National Prison Drug Treatment Strategy Review Group looking at the effectiveness of prison drug treatment.
In October 2008 Lord Patel was appointed as Minister in the House of Lords Government’s Whip’s Office as spokesperson for Communities and Local Government, Ministry of Justice, Cabinet Office and the Attorney General’s Office.