Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Chair in Acute Medicine



+44 (0)20 3315 5845d.bell




Chelsea and Westminster HospitalChelsea and Westminster Campus





Appointed as the first Professor of Acute Medicine within the UK within the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London. Since appointment the Department of Acute Medicine is now established and based at the Chelsea and Westminster Campus. The Department has a succesful research portfolio including the NIHR CLAHRC for Northwest London, a £10M research programme over 5 years to accelerate the delivery of research into practice. Other areas of research interest inlcude the organisation and delivery of health care in relation to patient outcomes. In addition the department has growing expertise in the role of patient and public involvement in research and has over 14 staff.

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.

Graduated from Edinburgh University in 1980 and was a Lecturer in the Department of Medicine with an MD on the inflammatory response to myocardial infarction. Initially specialised 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.

Currently on several National Committees and is an elected member of council for the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh. 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.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Reed JE, McNicholas C, Woodcock T, et al., 2014, Designing quality improvement initiatives: the action effect method, a structured approach to identifying and articulating programme theory, BMJ Quality & Safety, Vol:23, ISSN:2044-5415, Pages:1040-1048

Bottle A, Aylin P, Bell D, 2014, Effect of the readmission primary diagnosis and time interval in heart failure patients: analysis of English administrative data, European Journal of Heart Failure, Vol:16, ISSN:1388-9842, Pages:846-853

Hopkinson NS, Englebretsen C, Cooley N, et al., 2012, Designing and implementing a COPD discharge care bundle, Thorax, Vol:67, ISSN:0040-6376, Pages:90-92

Doyle C, Jones M, Bell D, 2014, Monitoring patient flow in emergency departments: the use of scatterplots versus time-based measures to assess patient flow in A&E., Eur J Emerg Med, Vol:21, Pages:291-295

Luchenski SA, Reed JE, Marston C, et al., 2013, Patient and Public Views on Electronic Health Records and Their Uses in the United Kingdom: Cross-Sectional Survey, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Vol:15, ISSN:1438-8871

Bell D, Lambourne A, Percival F, et al., 2013, Consultant Input in Acute Medical Admissions and Patient Outcomes in Hospitals in England: A Multivariate Analysis, PLOS One, Vol:8, ISSN:1932-6203

Doyle C, Lennox L, Bell D, 2013, A systematic review of evidence on the links between patient experience and clinical safety and effectiveness, Bmj Open, Vol:3, ISSN:2044-6055

Woodcock T, Poots AJ, Bell D, 2013, The impact of changing the 4 h emergency access standard on patient waiting times in emergency departments in England, Emergency Medicine Journal, Vol:30, ISSN:1472-0205

Vaughan L, McAlister G, Bell D, 2011, 'August is always a nightmare': results of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and Society of Acute Medicine August transition survey, Clinical Medicine, Vol:11, ISSN:1470-2118, Pages:322-326

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