Dr Diane Bell joins COBIC team

Dr Diane Bell joins COBIC team

Press Release – 23rd May 2014

SUMMARY: Dr Diane Bell joins COBIC team to strengthen approach to outcomes development and organisational culture change within the healthcare market.

Diane brings a strong record of healthcare outcomes design to COBIC. Most recently devising Bedfordshire CCG’s organisational strategy on outcomes based commissioning during her 3 years as Director of Strategy & System Redesign. Diane led the planning, development and implementation of the CCG’s pioneering outcomes based prime contract for integrated musculoskeletal care (MSK). This ambitious and transformational programme changed how the CCG spent around £25 million per year on MSK for adults. Under Diane’s leadership the care for local people who suffer from chronic and debilitating musculoskeletal conditions will now find they will have a  bigger say in their own care and treatment.

At COBIC Diane will be working with clients to design the outcomes that are used in COBIC contracts, and which generate the incentives that allow providers to innovate and achieve the patient led outcomes. She will also be encouraging the collaboration between providers and commissioners to bring about the culture change which is much needed in the market.

Diane, commenting on joining COBIC, “This is an immensely exciting opportunity to contribute to COBIC’s commissioning approach. From looking in from the outside this last year, I have been impressed by the genuine commitment to engage with local patients and carers to find out what matters to most to them. From my experiences within the NHS it’s clear that patients want to see a more coordinated approach, where care is accessible locally, and meets their personal needs. At COBIC I am looking forward to promoting the patient voice to make sure outcomes that we co-create with them, commissioners and clinicians achieves the very care that is being asked for.

Dr Nicholas Hicks, Chief Executive at COBIC, says “I’m delighted Diane is joining the team. Her experience in navigating the institutions and systems within the health service is second to none, and ability to tune into what’s important to patients, clinicians, providers, will be a unifying agent in the collaboration we need to see to deliver better outcomes and value.”

Diane qualified as a doctor in 19995, training in general medicine before switching to public health medicine. She has held posts at the Kings Fund, and in West kent, Buckinghamshire, Oxford and Milton Keynes. Diane was awarded a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship in New York, during which she studied primary care physicians’ perceptions of value and outcomes in three US healthcare systems.

Notes to Editors

About COBIC Ltd.
COBIC’s prime focus is to support commissioners to develop and put into practice innovative approaches that reward better outcomes for patients and more efficient use of taxpayers’ money.


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