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Derek Bell

Derek Bell

OBE – Chair, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Bell has 40 years’ experience in the NHS and previously served as President of the Royal College of Physicians. He was awarded an OBE in 2018 for services to Unscheduled Care and Quality Improvement. Graduating from Edinburgh University in 1980 he was a Lecturer in the Department of Medicine with an MD on the inflammatory response to myocardial infarction. Initially specialising in Chest and General Medicine with an interest in Intensive Care and was appointed as Consultant, Central Middlesex Hospital, London before moving to Edinburgh as a Consultant in Acute Medicine and Chest Medicine. He currently serves on several National Committees. Academic research interests relate to quality and organisation of care, particularly acute medical care, and in the methods of delivery of care. Clinical research interests include illness severity assessment, pulmonary embolism and pneumonia. Additionally, Professor Bell was appointed as the first Professor of Acute Medicine in the UK within the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London. The Department of Acute Medicine is now established and based at the Chelsea and Westminster Campus and is the leading academic department in this field and has an increasing research portfolio of work including the NIHR CLAHRC for Northwest London. Previous appointments include: • Associate Medical Director for the Acute Division of NHS Lothian • Inaugural President of the Society for Acute Medicine and involved in developing Acute Medicine as a distinct specialty • National Clinical Director Unscheduled Care Collaborative for the Scottish Government • National Clinical Director Emergency Services Collaborative the Modernisation Agency