Former SAM president receives OBE in New Year honours

Professor Derek Bell, a past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, has received an OBE in the New Year Honours list.

His award is in recognition of his services to unscheduled care and quality improvement in healthcare.

Prof Bell, who is currently president of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, was elected the inaugural president of SAM at its inception in 1999 and was appointed the UK’s first professor of acute internal medicine and Imperial College London.

“We are delighted Prof Bell has received an OBE for his work in healthcare, particularly his role in defining and establishing the speciality of acute medicine,” said Dr Nick Scriven, president of SAM.

“We would like to send him our congratulations and hope that the continuous growth and development of SAM as a representative body is a reflection of the successful foundations he laid as inaugural president.”

Elaine Tait, chief executive of the RCPE, added: “We are thrilled that our current president, Prof Derek Bell, has been recognised for his outstanding commitment to improving unscheduled care and his focus on quality improvement in healthcare.”

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