07/01/2022

University of Bolton Professor of Medicine awarded CBE

A Professor of Medicine at the University of Bolton has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

Professor Iqbal Singh received the honour for his outstanding work in supporting health for the elderly.

Professor  Singh has been a contributor to healthcare and medical regulation in the UK and a long-standing professor for the University of Bolton.

Professor Singh is also a Consultant in Medicine for Older People at the East Lancashire Healthcare Trust. 

Professor Singh contributes to healthcare and medical regulation in the UK and is a pioneer in ethnic health and diversity. He is a global leader in the care of older people and patient safety, equality and inclusion.

President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bolton, Professor George E Holmes DL, said: “Many congratulations to Professor Singh, I am delighted that another esteemed colleague of the University has received an honour from the Queen this year.

“Through his tireless work, Professor Singh is transforming how health and social care professionals are educated and regulated in care for patients nationally and internationally and how we embed a culture of compassion safety and dignity within our organisations.

“This honour is richly deserved and bodes well for the progress being made in the University’s School of Medicine.”

Professor Singh is the founder Chair of the Centre for Excellence and Safety for Older People and Chair of the European Group on Safety for Older People.

He has made historic contributions over the last three decades in promoting equality and fairness in the working lives of BME doctors in the NHS.

He chaired the General Medical Council’s Equality and Diversity Committee. He founded and chaired Diversity Partners, and currently chairs the GMC BME Forum which is a formidable voice and influence on equality issues.

Professor Singh also serves on the Health Honours Committee and Cabinet Office Honours Diversity and Inclusion Committee, helping to improve wider recognition.

Professor Singh, who lives in Blackburn, said: “I view this as a great honour and not just individual recognition but the recognition of our work in the care of older people and in promoting equality fairness and compassion within the NHS and I am proud to be working with the University of Bolton in the School of Medicine."

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