Chair in Acute Medicine, Imperial College, London

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Professor Bell was re-elected as President in November 2016. He is also the Director of the NIHR CLAHRC 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.

Graduating from Edinburgh University in 1980, he initially specialised 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 Modernisation Agency.

Derek was awarded an OBE for his services to unscheduled care and quality improvement in healthcare in the 2018 New Year's Honours List.