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Last updated: 30 Apr 2020
Dr. Bell is a specialist in Sport and Exercise Medicine and Musculoskeletal Medicine.
He has extensive experience of managing High Performance, and recreational, athletes in numerous sports, including professional tennis, football, cricket and pre-professional ballet.
He has looked after the players at the Wimbledon Championships for 20 years, and at the ATP's World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena since it came to London in 2009.
He delivered an on-site service to pre-professional ballet dancers, from all over the world, at the Royal Ballet School, in Covent Garden, for over 8 years. He was a founder member of the Royal Ballet's Science and Medicine Advisory Group, which aims to optimise the health and performance of its dancers.
He has been involved in the care of professional footballers at Wycombe Wanderers F.C, and, more recently, Derby County F.C., where he spent 8 years as a visiting consultant to the club, managing complex injuries, implementing injury prevention strategies, and optimising players sleep quality, mental health and wellbeing.
He has toured S Africa, India and Pakistan as the England Cricket Team Doctor, and was a founder member of the ECB's Science and Medicine Advisory Group.
He lectures locally, nationally and internationally on topics related to professional tennis, ballet, football and cricket, and has authored book chapters on the care of professional tennis players and cricketers.
He has served as a Council Member for the the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM), the British Association of Sport and Exercise (BASEM) and the British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine (BIMM). He is an examiner for the FSEM and Bath University.
Areas of interest
He treats all sports and musculoskeletal injuries including muscle injury, tendon disorders and stress fractures.He has an interest in low back pain in sport and overuse injury in runners.
He lectures extensively on injury in professional tennis, injury in professional ballet, low back pain in sport, exercise associated muscle cramp (EAMC) and sleep quality, performance and recovery.
His focus is on accurate diagnosis and rehabilitation from injury, and he performs soft tissue and joint injections, as well as extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT).
Current NHS consultant posts held
Past provider Sport and Exercise Medicine and Musculoskeletal Medicine for Buckinghamshire and N.E Oxfordshire Primary Care Trusts.
Injury in tennis (published 10 years of injury data from Wimbledon Championships).
Sleep quality in professional football.
Travel, reading, walking the countryside, playing the clarinet and lowering golf handicap.
(Additional) Languages spoken
- French - Basic
Publications on forearm compartment syndrome in professional tennis, abdominal injury in professional tennis; injury prevalence in professional tennis; low back pain in cricket fast bowlers.
Courses offered to GPs
Ballet and tennis medicine.
Back pain in sport.
Sleep quality: sports secret weapon.
Contrasts in injury management in professional football, ballet and tennis.
>90% excellent/very good patient satisfaction on-site in tertiary SEM/MSK service at large investment bank.
No in-patient services in clinical practice, therefore no data collection required on post operative infection/re-admission/mortality rates.
360 degree patient and colleague feedback collected and available from Appraisal Output Form from BMI Hospitals. All categories graded excellent.
- MBChB Sheffield medical school 1982
- DipSportsMed (Merit) Royal London Hospital 1991
Reference number 2614317
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Council Member (elected 2013) Faculty Sport and Exercise Medicine 2015
Details of entry to specialist register
- Sport and Exercise Medicine, 2011
Affiliations / memberships
Fellow Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine
Fellow Institute of Sport and exercise Medicine
Fellow Faculty Sport and Exercise Medicine (Ireland)
British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM)
British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine (BIMM)
Sports Medicine Australia
- The Chiltern Hospital London Road GREAT...
- 10:00 - 15:00
- 01494 892263
- UME Diagnostics27 Harley StreetLondon
- 16:00 - 19:00
- 01494 892263
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
07712 789268 or 01608 811621