Tony Bleetman is a very well-respected professional and is one of the Governments preferred medical experts in relation to the medical implications of the use of force training programmes. To this end, Tony’s services are regularly sought after in high-profile cases of restraint-related death, such as the Gareth Myatt case, where Tony’s recommendations led to the removal of certain techniques that are now banned for use with children and young people.
Tony is an established consultant in Emergency Medicine and recently served as Clinical Director of Urgent Care at Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to taking this post, he was Lead Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the North West London Hospitals NHS Trust and he now holds the position of Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Warwick Medical School.
Tony also served in the Israeli Defence Force in a number of roles between 1981 and 1991.
He completed medical school in 1989 and then trained on a surgical rotation in Glasgow and received the FRCSEd in 1993. Tony commenced higher specialist training in Accident and Emergency Medicine in 1994 and was appointed Consultant in Accident and Emergency Medicine at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital in 1996. The hospitals evolved into a Foundation Trust incorporating three hospitals and Tony served as clinical lead for Emergency Medicine at Good Hope Hospital until May 2010 prior to moving to London to assume the lead for Emergency Medicine at North West London Hospitals NHS Trust.
Tony received a PhD in Occupational Health from the University of Birmingham in 2000.
He then directed Advanced Trauma Life Support courses and regularly instruct on other accredited life support and resuscitation courses.
He also served as Clinical Director for HEMS for West Midlands Ambulance Service and continue to fly on air ambulances providing an emergency medical and trauma service. In 1992, he was awarded the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Queens Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals for his pre-hospital emergency work.
Tony has also written and exercised multi-agency major incident plans and he sits on Government advisory committees for disaster and emergency planning.
Tony was awarded his PhD by the University of Birmingham for work on developing body armour for the police. This arose from his development work for the Home Office and the Police Federation on officer safety programmes, addressing protection from knives and bullets. He continued to work for the police on these programmes and was the first doctor to qualify as a police instructor for unarmed defensive tactics, safe prisoner restraint, handcuffing, tactical communication skills, incapacitant sprays and knife defence. Through this interest, he has been able to offer opinions on the use of force, and injuries sustained during arrest and detention.
He also served as a member of Scientific Advisory Committee on the Medical Implications of Less-Lethal Weapons (SACMILL).
Tony has also been involved in developing strategies to protect health workers against aggression and violence in the Health Service. He has completed studies for the Department of Health and other national bodies to identify ways of improving staff and subject safety. He is engaged in developing safe physical interventions and effective training strategies across a number of agencies and has served on the guidelines development group of the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee.
In addition to all of this Tony has also published numerous articles in peer-reviewed professional journals.