Dr Kiran Patel

Dr Kiran Patel graduated from Cambridge University on 1993 and currently has several roles and responsibilities. He works as a Medical Director for the NHS England Area team for Bham, Solihull and the Black Country, and Consultant Cardiologist at Heart of England NHS Trust in the West Midlands, where he has a subspecialist interest in heart failure and device therapy which he will continue to deliver on a part-time basis. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, one of the youngest Fellows of the College.

He started consultant life at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS trust and having spent only 3 years as a Consultant, was appointed as a Clinical Lead for the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority, where he developed strong partnerships between Public Health, primary care and acute care. He was regional Clinical Director for the QIPP (Quality, innovation, productivity and prevention) programme for the Strategic Health Authority. He was then seconded to oversee the NHS transition as Medical Director for Primary care in West Mercia before moving to his current role. He is also regional representative for the International Health Group of the Department of Health in England and continues as regional representative for the cardiology clinical reference group for specialised commissioning.

He was founder member and continues to be Chair of the South Asian Health Foundation, a UK charity which serves to advise the Department of Health and NICE on health inequality, develops and delivers high quality education and research, and at a grassroots level, delivers health promotion and community engagement programmes. He has also been a trustee to the UK Health Forum since 2003. The expertise gleaned from both the NHS and voluntary sectors, led to him advising the Public Health Foundation of India on developing healthcare systems in 2009-10 and informing the ministerial briefing for the UN Summit on non communicable disease in 2011. Back home in the UK, he has worked with NICE, where he has been involved in formulating 4 guidelines. In 2009, he was invited to be a speaker at the RCP dialogue on clinical contributions and solutions to Social Determinants of health. He has published and lectured widely on a national and international scale, not only in the field of cardiology, but more widely on social determinants and healthcare strategy.

He has also contributed to several other regional, national and international boards and committees too numerous to list, demonstrating that when a clinician puts his or her mind to being more than a frontline clinician, they can achieve and contribute much more than medical school has taught them.