Dr Blancke qualified both as Anaesthetist and Emergency Physician after his post-graduate training in Belgium and Bristol, UK. In Belgium, he has worked as an Intensive Care specialist in University Hospitals in Leuven, Bruges, Antwerp and Brussels.
Dr Blancke has a special interest in pre-hospital medicine, patient triage, major incident control and trauma prevention management. He was awarded the certificate in Disaster Medicine and Management from the University of Leuven and the Belgian Army Medical Service, and has several years experience in working with the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and Airport Medicine. He is a regional Medical Major Incident Commander, and has been medical co-ordinator for major organised events, both in Belgium and England. He previously worked for the Belgian Dept of Health and Home Office as a Government expert-advisor on these matters.
Dr Blancke has previously held the position of Medical Director of the Avon Ambulance NHS Trust. In 2009, he became Chairman of the UK Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee (JRCALC), advising on national clinical standards for ambulance crews and services, and working closely with various national organisations and authorities, including the NPSA, NHSLA, the Military, Department of Health and the NHS.
Wim Blancke is regularly invited as a national and international speaker and is co-author of the Critical Reassessment of Ambulance Service Airway Management in Pre-Hospital Care Report, endorsing the NCEPOD report “Trauma: Who Cares?” recommendations. (Ref: EMJ 2010;27:226-233). He is a senior clinical lecturer at the University of Bristol and has been an examiner for the European Society of Anaesthesiology. He is currently the Wiltshire/Avon/Gloucestershire CoPresident for the British Red Cross.