Patrick was formerly Research Fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Manchester, and Gwilym Gibbon Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford and an Associate Member of Nuffield College.
He is a local councillor in the London Borough of Southwark, Vice-Chair of the think-tank Policy Network, a member of the Advisory Board of the Social Market Foundation, and sits on the Scientific Council of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies.
Patrick held a number of senior posts in British central government between 2000 and 2010, and was formally Head of Policy Planning in 10 Downing Street. He has been a trustee of the Bromley by Bow Centre, a pioneering voluntary organisation led by the local community in East London.
Patrick has recently completed a monograph with IB Tauris which assesses structural change in Whitehall and the core executive during the New Labour years. The book combines a focus on the formal institutional apparatus of the British state with a broader interpretation of how change occurs in political-executive relations through the Westminster model and the British Political Tradition. In addition, his current research focuses on public policy, social democracy, and political interviewing.