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Diane Bell

(United Kingdom) Director of Strategy and Redesign NHS Bedfordshire, Clinical Commissioning Group

Harkness Project Title: How Might Integrated Health Care Systems Increase Quality While Reducing Cost?

Placement: Weill-Cornell Medical College

Mentors: Lawrence P. Casalino, M.D., Ph.D., Chief, Division of Outcomes and Effectiveness Research, Weill-Cornell Medical College
Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., MACP, President, Southern California Region, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
Ross Wilson, Senior Assistant Vice President Quality, and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation

Biography at time of Harkness Fellowship: Diane Bell, M.B. B.S., a 2010-11 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, is director of strategy and planning and deputy director of public health at NHS Milton Keynes. She also works as a public health consultant, and private sector clients include PricewaterhouseCoopers and the BMJ Group. Prior to her current position, Bell served as a consultant in public health medicine to Milton Keynes NHS Primary Care Trust, and as specialist registrar in public health medicine at Oxford Deanery. Bell has also served as member of the Costings External Reference Group, NICE, and member of the South Central Strategic Health Authority "Staying Healthy" Clinical Pathway Group for the "Our NHS, Our Future" review. Bell holds a M.Sc. in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an M.B. B.S. from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School. She also holds a M.A. in natural sciences from Christ's College, University of Cambridge, where she was awarded the William Grieg prize for Natural Sciences.


Project: Diane Bell examined the attitudes of primary care doctors on the importance of “value” in how they practice medicine.  She also explored how external incentives and context impact doctors’ attitudes towards value.  She used a case study approach, interviewing doctors at three different health systems – one group-model integrated system, one safety net integrated system, and one independent practice association. 

Career Activity Since Fellowship:


  • Director of Insight, COBIC Solutions Ltd, 2016
  • Director of Strategy and Redesign, NHS Bedfordshire, 2014

Current position:  (updated 7/2017)

  • Director, Health & Care, PA Consulting Group

Email: [email protected]