Dr. Keith Reid :

Dr. Keith Reid

Dr Keith Reid BMedSci(Hons) LLM MBChB MRCPsych is a consultant psychiatrist in low secure and diversion in secure services. He has been managerially engaged since 2014, Associate Medical Director since 2017, and appointed Clinical Director commissioning regional secure service in a provider collaborative in 2022. His Associate Directorship is Positive and Safe Care, which is NTW’s restraint reduction strategy. There he has a wide remit including analysis, innovation, policy formulation, clinical expertise and engaging senior staff.

He trained in the North East and since 2019 until recently was regional Training Program Director for forensic psychiatry. Hosted by the RRN, BILD and DOH he was a final coordinating author of Towards Safer Services, which is cross-sector strategic guidance to reduce restraint. Recent work PROD-ALERT has focussed on patterns in restraint reporting by English mental health providers, both trusts and independent providers, and information science related to that. He awaits defence of PhD thesis by published works at Northumbria on quantitative methods of analysing restrictive practice, extending in to game theory, AI and computer science.

Dr. Tony Bleetman :

Dr. Tony Bleetman

Dr. Tony Bleetman has been a consultant in Emergency Medicine since 1996. He served as a HEMS (air ambulance) doctor for 12 years, serving as Clinical Director of the Midlands Air Ambulance for three years. Tony holds the positions of Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Warwick Medical School and Senior Lecturer at the Queen Mary University of London. He has an active and extensive research portfolio.

Tony received a PhD in Occupational Health from the University of Birmingham in 2000 for work on body armour. He served as a medical advisor to the Ministry of Defence serving as a member of SACMILL (Scientific Advisory Committee on Medical Implications of Less Lethal Weapons).

Tony qualified as a police instructor for unarmed defensive tactics, safe prisoner restraint, handcuffing, tactical communication skills, incapacitant sprays and knife defence. He has also trained in many physical intervention packages across the health, special education and secure homes sector. He also served on the NICE guidelines development group on managing the acutely disturbed psychiatric patient.

He has been able to offer medical advice on use of force, and injuries sustained during restraint, arrest and detention. He continues to provide expert advice to a number of national bodies and organisations on the safety of physical interventions. He is engaged in developing safe physical interventions and effective training strategies across a number of agencies including secure hospitals and secure children’s homes with the intention of minimising risk of injury to all parties.

Tony is leading on a newly created Masters programme on enhancing and safety and wellbeing of persons in care and custody at Queen Mary University of London, due to launch later this year.