Dr Paul  Hart

Dr Paul Hart

Consultant Anaesthetist specialising in Pain Management and Intensive Care Medicine

Practising at

Spire Bushey Hospital

Spire Harpenden Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Paul Hart at Spire include:


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Professional profile

I am a consultant anaesthetist with over 15 years experience as a specialist in pain management. I work at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and at both Spire Harpenden and Spire Bushey Hospitals. I am Clinical Lead for Pain Management at West Herts. Between 2006 and 2010 I was the Clinical Director of the Department of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pain Management. Prior to this appointment I was the Trust Lead for Clinical Effectiveness (2002 - 2006).

I gained my medical qualifications from the University of Leicester Medical School in 1986. The following year I began my anaesthetic training in London. I was awarded the FRCA in 1996 and three years later, in 1999, started work in my current post.

During the 10 year training period I undertook research and gained additional clinical experience working for 2 years at UCSF in San Francisco, California (1992-94) as a Visiting Assistant Professor. In 1995 I spent a year “in industry” with the pharmaceutical company SmithKline Beecham (now GSK) working as a researcher on drug development project teams.

Throughout my 15 years as a consultant I have continued to develop and learn - consolidating my knowledge and diversifying my experience. My main professional / clinical interest is in the management of chronic pain. At the inception of the Faculty of Pain Medicine I was awarded the post-nominals FFPMRCA. My clinical work also incorporates Intensive Care Medicine and in 2011 I was awarded the Fellowship of the Faculty of Intensive care Medicine (FFICM).

I am actively involved in training anaesthetists and pain specialists - I am a member of the London Pain Training Group. I work within the School of Anaesthesia at the London Deanery and as an Educational Supervisor at West Herts Department of Anaesthesia.

I have pursued clinical interests beyond Anaesthesia, Pain Management and Intensive care. My role as Trust Lead for Clinical Effectiveness. involved the facilitation, implementation and monitoring NICE guidance / standards in West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. I helped develop a thrombosis risk assessment tool whilst I was Chair of the Thrombosis and Anticoagulation Group in West Herts. I am developing an interest in medico-legal work and skills as an expert witness.

At the 2012 Olympic Games I was a member of the emergency medical team attending the athletes competing in the Olympic Stadium. I aim to continually develop and improve both the clinical outcomes and experience of my patients along with my professional knowledge and skills. I am a clinical specialist inspector for the Care Quality Commission (CQC). I undertake an annual appraisal, by my peers, that includes reviews of both audits and surveys of patient (clinical) outcomes and patient experience.

Clinical Interests

Critical care
Pain management
Pain management
Back pain
Pain management
Lumbar spine disorders

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Qualification and professional memberships

BSc (Hons) / Chelsea College, University of London / 1980
Human Biology

MBChB / University of Leicester School of Medicine. / 1986
Bachelor degrees in medicine and surgery

FRCA / London / 1996
Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists

FFPMRCA / London / 2008
Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine at the Royal College of Anaesthetists

FFICM / London / 2011
Fellowship of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine

Professional memberships

General Medical Council
Royal College of Anaesthetists
Faculty of Pain Medicine
Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine
British Medical Association
Medical Defense Union

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Anaesthetist specialising in pain mangement and intensive care medicine, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

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Private contact details

Telephone 0800 585 112
Private secretary Catherine Groom
Private secretary telephone 01525 875 388
Private secretary fax 01525 875 388
Private secretary email