A UNIVERSITY of Bolton professor has received a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

Prof Iqbal Singh was given the honour for his work supporting the elderly.

The East Lancashire Healthcare Trust consultant also contributes to healthcare and medical regulation in the UK and has pioneered ethnic health and diversity.

He serves on the Health Honours Committee and chairs the General Medical Council's BME Forum.

Prof Singh said: “This is 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. I am proud to be working with the University of Bolton in the School of Medicine.”

University vice-chancellor Prof George Holmes 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.”

Prof 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.