Department for Health

Bath students visit Palace of Westminster

Wed Feb 12 12:08:00 GMT 2014

The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) sent eight of our students to the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 29 January.

PhD and MSc Students from the Departments of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Health, Psychology and Social & Policy Sciences had the opportunity to gain first-hand insight into the practicalities of how legislation is developed.

Hosted by Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, they saw the inner workings of the Lords Chamber and the Commons Chamber and had a dedicated Q&A session with him to learn about a number of policy and practice issues.

Lord Patel is a British politician and member of the House of Lords. His internationally renowned 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 & diversity based on models of community engagement and organisational change.

Until recently, Lord Patel was the chair of the Mental Health Act Commission and is appointed as Shadow Minister for Communities in the House of Lords. He has authored a number of national reports including: The Patel Report into Prison Drug Treatment.

Our students have research interests relating to Lord Patel’s policy interests, which allowed for stimulating discussions and hopefully a cross-fertilisation of ideas and viewpoints. We hope that they will be able to share their new-found insights with the University on their return.

Not only does this opportunity have the potential to enhance their career prospects, it also brings yet another positive alliance for the University as we continue to strengthen our ties within the policy arena.