Head of urgent and emergency care for the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, Colin Kelsey, was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year’s Honours List.

In his role, Colin is responsible for emergency planning and making sure the NHS and care services can respond to major incidents including extreme weather conditions, outbreaks of disease and terrorism. Previously prepared plans were implemented soon after an explosion at the Manchester Arena on 22nd May 2017.

The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List recognises the achievements of a wide range of people across the UK. A total of 1,148 people have been awarded titles.

Reacting to the news, Colin Kelsey said:

“I am deeply moved and surprised by this honour. The hours and days that followed the Arena Attack is something that will stay with me for a long time; and this award recognises the hard work of so many people.

“You always hope that you’ll never have to use the plans developed and practised for. Our response in Greater Manchester bears testament to what can be achieved when different organisations come together with a shared aim of doing the right thing.

“I am proud throughout my career to have worked in public service and appreciate the support given to me throughout by my wife and family. My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims today.”

Colin, aged 58, has worked in the NHS since 1987, starting his career as a paramedic in Essex. He held a variety of roles in ambulance trusts and former strategic health authorities in the East of England, before moving to Greater Manchester in 2007.

For six years, Colin was associate director of resilience for Bolton primary care trust responsible for ensuring continued provision of care during periods of operational challenges. In 2013, he joined NHS England as head of emergency preparedness, resilience and response and urgent care transition; joining the Partnership as part of Greater Manchester’s devolution of health and social care.

Colin holds a masters in disaster management and emergency planning from the University of Coventry as well as a Health Service Commanders’ Award through the prestigious BPP University. Colin has also completed the Nye Bevan programme through the NHS Leadership Academy.

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