Prof. Derek Bell

President @ Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Professor Bell is the President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He commenced his term of office in March 2014, and in 2017 he was re-elected to serve a further three years until February 2020. He is also the Director of the NIHR CLA HRC for Northwest London. Derek was appointed as the first Professor of Acute Internal Medicine in the UK at Imperial College London, and was the inaugural President of the Society for Acute Medicine.  In early 2017 he was appointed as an NIHR Senior Investigator and later that year he was awarded an OBE for his services to Unscheduled Care and Quality Improvement.

Graduating from Edinburgh University in 1980, he initially specialized in Respiratory and General Medicine, with an interest in Intensive Care, before subsequently developing his role in Acute Medicine. Prior to moving to Imperial College he was Associate Medical Director in Edinburgh. He has lead and designed several national programmes of work including two large national change programmes, including the Emergency Services Collaborative with the Modernization Agency.

His academic research interests relate to quality and organization of care, particularly acute medical care, and the methods of delivery of care. He is   particularly interested in patient flow and quality of care.  As part of this work the team at the Centre for Health Care Improvement and research have supported work in Australia, Ireland and throughout the UK. Clinical interests include illness severity assessment, pulmonary embolism and pneumonia.

Derek has published in excess of 180 peer reviewed papers and has lead several policy document initiatives including the development of successful National Early Warning Score to support standardization of care across the UK. Total research grant income over the last eight years exceeds £22 million.