Patrons

Professor Didier Pittet

Didier Pittet IPS PatronProfessor Didier Pittet is the Director of the Infection Control Programme and WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety, University of Geneva Hospitals, Switzerland. Since 2005, Professor Pittet has additionally been the External Lead of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Patient Safety Challenge “Clean Care is Safer Care” and African Partnerships for Patient Safety. He became Patron of IPS in 2013.

In the 2007 New Year Honours List, Didier Pittet was awarded the Honorary Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of his services related to the prevention of healthcare-associated infections in the UK.

Professor Tricia Hart 

Tricia Heart IPS PatronProfessor Tricia Hart was appointed chief executive of South Tees Hospital on 1 January 2013. A previous nurse, midwife, community nurse and health visitor, Tricia has over 30 years NHS experience working at director level in a PCT, acute/community provider, strategic health authority and the modernisation agency.

National work has included membership of Caldicott committee, organisation with a memory and member of nursing and care quality forum. Tricia was the nurse advisor to Robert Francis on the first inquiry into the failings at Mid Staffordshire and on the public inquiry. Tricia was awarded the national award for inspirational leadership in 2009 and she is passionate about the pursuit of the perfect patient experience. She became a patron in 2013.