Dr Paul Hart

Consultant specialising in Pain Medicine & Pain Management


Specialises in

I am a consultant anaesthetist with over 20 years experience as a specialist in pain management. I work at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Spire Harpenden Hospital. I have been 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, started work in my current post.During the 10 year training period I undertook research and gained additional clinical experience working for two years at UCSF in San Francisco (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 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 postnominals 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 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, and five-yearly revalidation, that includes reviews of both audits and surveys of patient (clinical) outcomes and patient experience.At the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships, I was an emergency medical team leader attending to the athletes competing in the Olympic Stadium. I have gained certification (RFU level 3) to provide "Immediate Care in Sport”.

Treatment information

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


Other treatments

  • Nerve root injections
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (Rhizolysis) and Pulsed Radiofrequency procedures
  • Ultrasound Guided nerve blocks

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Additional information

Clinical interests

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

Special Clinical Interests: Multidisciplinary Pain Management; Treatment of low back and sciatica; Treatment of neck pain (including whiplash injury) and brachialgia; Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS); Neuropathic pain; Shoulder Pain; Clinical pharmacology of analgesic drugs.

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

British Medical Association

Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine

Faculty of Pain Medicine

General Medical Council

Medical Defence Union

Royal College of Anaesthetists

Current NHS posts

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

Contact information

Telephone 0800 585 112
Website http://www.my-pain.management
Private secretary Catherine Groom
Private secretary telephone 01525 875 388
Private secretary fax 01525 875 388
Private secretary email catherine.groom1@btinternet.com