Patrick is the Head of the University of Cambridge, School of Clinical Medicine – CUH is the major teaching hospital for the University. He is also the Regius Professor of Physic – one of the oldest professorships at the University, founded by Henry VIII in 1540 and appointed by the Queen. Patrick holds a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator award for his research on oxygen sensing. At CUH Patrick has a special interest in quality, patient safety, audit and public engagement.
Patrick undertook postgraduate clinical and research training in nephrology and general medicine at Guy's Hospital and in Oxford. He was appointed as University Lecturer and then Reader at the University of Oxford. In 2002 he was appointed Professor of Nephrology at Imperial College, followed by the Chair of Medicine at University College London in 2008, prior to moving to his role in Cambridge in 2012.
Patrick is a member of the Board of Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP) – a partnership between the University and the NHS.
Patrick was elected a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2005 and was elected to its Council in 2018. He was appointed a trustee of the Medical Schools Council in 2018 and is a member of its Executive Committee.