Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Ruth Bell

Senior Lecturer/Honorary NHS Consultant



I trained in medicine, specialising in public health. My research is in the field of maternal and perinatal health, with a particular focus on the problem of maternal obesity and diabetes. My work seeks to improve outcomes for women and infants by investigating the determinants of adverse outcome and developing and evaluating interventions to improve outcomes. As Associate Director at the Regional Maternity Survey Office (RMSO) I support regional clinical audit of pregnancy in women with diabetes.

I hold an honorary consultant contract with Public Health England. 


1988 BA(Hons) Medical Sciences Cambridge University
1991 BMedSci(1st Class Hons) Newcastle University
1992 MBBS Newcastle University
1996 MSc Health Sciences (Distinction) Newcastle University
2005 MD Newcastle University

Previous Positions

2000-2005 Lecturer/Honorary Senior Registrar in Public Health, Newcastle University
1994-1999 Registrar/Senior Registrar in Public Health Medicine Northern Deanery


Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health
GMC accredited specialist in Public Health


Postgraduate Supervision

I supervise PhD and Masters students in a range of topics relating to maternal and infant health.

Esteem Indicators

Faculty of Public Health nominated member of CEMACH Consensus Standards Development Group for Maternal Obesity.
Co-opted expert member of the Public Health Intervention Advisory Committee of NICE for the development of guidance on weight management during and after pregnancy.
Member of the Better Health, Fairer Health Regional Advisory Group for Early Life.

Selected funding:

Prof. Ashley Adamson, Prof. Elaine McColl, Dr Ruth Bell (2011-2013) My Dietician Online, County Durham Primary Care Trust (PCT).

Dr Ruth Bell (2011) Northern Diabetes in Pregnancy Survey, Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership.

Dr Ruth Bell, Dr Svetlana Glinyanaya, Prof. Judith Rankin (2010 – 2011) Congenital Anomalies in Women with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, Diabetes UK.

Dr Mark Pearce, Prof. Steve Robson, Dr Ruth Bell (2010 – 2011) FSF Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes in Women with a History of Placenta-mediated Disease, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Eugene Sobngwi, Dr Ruth Bell (2008 – 2012) Screening, Management and Outcome of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in Urban and rural Sub-Saharan Africa, World Diabetes Foundation.

Prof. Steve Robson, Dr Ruth Bell (2008 –2012) Improving Pregnancy Outcome in Obese Women (3) UPBEAT, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Dr Ruth Bell, Prof. Carl May, Prof. Martin White (2008 – 2010) Preventing Type 2 Diabetes After Gestational Diabetes, Diabetes UK.



Undergraduate Teaching

Stage 4 MBBS Public Health Course Director 

Course Director for MBBS EJR Public Health (2006-2010)
MiC Tutor

Postgraduate Teaching

I have taught on a range of modules on the MSc Health Sciences, most recently Applied Epidemiology. I have set and marked exam questions and regularly supervise and assess dissertation projects.