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About the Panelist Patrick Geoghegan Professor of Mental Health and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University
Portfolio Holder for Mental Health, Royal Society of Public Health
Order of The British Empire

Patrick has over 40 years of NHS clinical and leadership experience as well as extensive experience. He is renowned nationally and internationally as a leading champion for transforming Health & Social services and for his passionate support for developing modern community services. As a result of his drive and dedication to academic excellence, Patrick was appointed as Professor of Mental Health and Social Care by Anglia Ruskin University. In recognition of his considerable influence and experience of mental health issues, he has been appointed by the Royal Society of Public Health as a Portfolio Holder for Mental Health. The Health and Well-being Academy for research at Anglia Ruskin University has been named after him. Patrick has been appointed to a number of national and international decision-making bodies, including his appointment by a former Prime Minister to the Older People’s National Service Framework board. He was appointed to the NHS Health & Well Being Board by Dame Carol Black and was also a member of the East of England Commercial Advisory Board.

Because of his passion for developing and supporting strong leadership within the public and private sector Patrick in collaboration with Yale University has developed the Yale Health and Social Care Leadership programme which has now been running for 10 years with great success.

Patrick has always been committed to supporting the voluntary and not for profit sectors. He established a charity which supports Mental Health development in Ghana and is currently involved in a project with the Ghana Mental Health Authority and Department for overseas Aid to refresh the Mental Health Strategy and introduce alternative community based models of care. He is currently the Chair of The Silver Line a new national charity in the UK which tackles the impact of Loneliness in Older People.

Patrick’s work has been recognised by Queen Elizabeth ll who awarded him the Order of The British Empire (OBE) in 2005.