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 3 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. 


In March 2019 my professional medical practice has been successfully revalidated by the General Medical Council.


 Dr Paul Hart:   October 2019





Consultant: Anaesthesia, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust; 1999 - present


Multidisciplinary Pain Management:  treatment of low back and neck pain (including whiplash injury); Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS); neuropathic pain; ultrasound guided nerve blocks; clinical pharmacology of analgesic drugs. 

Anaesthesia for Spinal, Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery.  

Intensive Care Medicine.  



Assistant Professor - University of California at San Francisco 1992 - 94


Clinical Trials Research. SmithKline Beecham (now GSK). 1994 - 95


Certificate Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) November 1999

Imperial School of Anaaesthesia


University Education


University of Leicester School of Medicine — MB BCh 1986

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



Professional affiliations:


General Medical Council

Royal College of Anaesthetists

Faculty of Pain Medicine

Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine

British Medical Association

Medical Defence Union

The British Pain Society

The International Association for the Study of Pain