Fidelma Maire Fitzpatrick
MB BAO BCh, BA (Mod), DME, FRCPI, FRCPath, MD.
IMC registration Number 17361, Register of Medical Specialists, Division of Microbiology
Consultant Microbiologist, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland and
Senior Lecturer, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Dublin, Ireland, October 2014 to present.
Previous Consultant Appointments
October 2010-October 2014
National Clinical Lead, Prevention of Healthcare-associated Infection (HCAI)
and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Quality and Patient Safety Division, Health Services Executive
Consultant Microbiologist, Beaumont Hospital and HSE - Health Protection Surveillance Centre
Hon. Lecturer, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
January 2007 - October 2010:
Consultant Microbiologist, Beaumont Hospital and HSE Health Protection
October 2005 - October 2006: Consultant Microbiologist, St. Vincents University Hospital, Dublin And Consultant Microbiologist, HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre
Some Current Committee Memberships & Chairs
European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID)
Member, ESCMID Study Group for Clostridium difficile (ESGCD), 2009 to present.
Member, ESGCD Committee for Revision of European Guidelines for prevention of Clostridium difficile Infection, 2015-present.
Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) Member, Scientific Committee, Ninth HIS International Conference, November 2016, Glasgow, Scotland, 2015-present.
Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Member, External Advisory Committee on Infection Prevention and Control Standards 2015 to present.
HSE: Chair, National Sepsis Steering Group, HSE, May 2013 to present.
HSE: Member, National Hand Hygiene Steering Group, September 2011 to present.
The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Member, Clinical Advisory Group for the Prevention of HCAI and AMR, September 2011 to present.
Member, Centre for Clinical Leadership and Quality in Healthcare Board, November 2013 to present.
Public engagement and education
HSE public campaign on antibiotics, Winter 2011, 2012 and 2013
Science week 2013, competition for primary schools, design a bug
Ebug educational website for primary and secondary schools
RCPI public meetings on antibiotics, November 2012 and January 2014
Development of new web materials for patients and the public
Review and development of infection - related sections in HSE A-Z information for the public
Science Gallery, Dublin, HRB Red Alert: Bugs vs Drugs: Antibiotic Resistance and Farming, May 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8vV80n9TvI
So you want to be a doctor? Episode 2, December 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpqUpyQsu-0
RCSI Minimed Lecture, March 2015. Have the Superbugs won? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvUlZiElwLc
Invited lectures - 2016
Antibiotic resistance have the bugs won? Faculty of Pathology, RCPI, Annual Stated Meeting, Dublin, February 2016.
Can we ever turn Ireland green again? Infectious Disease Society of Ireland Annual Meeting, Dublin, May 2016
Social media and the medical professional.Irish Medical Council, Launch of Guide to Ethics and Professionalism, Dublin, May 2016.
The A-Z of Superbugs, Master class in Clinical Microbiology, RCPI, June 2016.
National Clostridium difficile infection surveillance in Ireland, Workshop and meeting on epidemiological surveillance of Clostridium difficile infections (HAI-Net CDI), ECDC, Stockholm, Sweden, September 2016.
Antimicrobial resistance is the game up? Annual Infection Prevention Society Conference, Harrogate, England, September 2016.
This house believes that contact precautions are essential for the management of patients with MDROs- Arguing against the Motion. Annual Infection Prevention Society Conference, Harrogate, England, September 2016.
Other Academic Activities
BMC Infectious Diseases, Associate Editor, 2015-present.
Recent Research Awards
Wakai A, Gannon B, Boland F, Laupland K, Deasy C, Fitzpatrick F (Co-applicant).
HRB, Health Research Awards - DI 2015. Oral flucloxacillin alone versus flucloxacillin and phenoxymethylpenicillin for the emergency department outpatient treatment of cellulitis: a non-inferiority randomised controlled trial.