Dr Deane Halfpenny


Dr Deane Halfpenny is a Consultant in Musculoskeletal Pain Medicine with a special interest in spinal pain and injury. His areas of expertise include low back pain, whiplash injury, neuropathic pain and complex regional pain disorder.

Career to Date

I graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa in 1990 (MBBCh) and completed my early medical training in the UK. I then went on to specialise over a six year period in anaesthesia, with 2 years research as a lecturer at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Subsequently I went on to complete an additional year of training in advanced pain medicine leading to accreditation with the faculty of pain medicine obtaining the FFPMRCA.

I became a consultant in 2001 at St Bartholomew’s and the Homerton Hospital in London. I was a clinical lead in the establishment of the City and Hackney Back Pain Service, where I have continued to provide clinical input into the management of back and neck pain. I work closely with exercise therapists running joint clinics allowing me to have unique understanding of pain and movement. I have set up interventional services in the management of pain for the NHS as well as the private sector and have gained invaluable experience in the field. I have published as well as lectured at international meetings and seminar in the field of pain medicine.

My areas of special interest include the following

  • Acute back, neck and shoulder pain.
  • Chronic spinal pain.
  • Myofascial pain syndromes
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Whiplash injury
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Repetitive strain injury

Having been a keen gymnast competing at a national level in South Africa and lately a club cyclist I have a special interest in the management of pain in the sporting arena.

I have regular outpatient clinics at TLOC as well as intervention lists at the Princess Grace Hospital.

I last saw Dean Halfpenny, and I thought he was very good in asking me what the issues were and asking about general health and also taking the time to explain to me what the issues were with out me having to ask.

More posts

Blog posts

  • Lumbar decompression

    Lumbar decompression is a type of surgery that is used to treat nerves that have been compressed in the lower spine. The surgery is only ever recommended after all non-surgical treatments have been exhausted. If you are having non-surgical treatments for a compressed nerve in your lower back at the moment and it isn’t improving, […]

  • Tendon pain

    There are a lot of injuries and conditions that can give you tendon pain and in this article, we are going to go through some of them. If you think you have something mentioned here, do make an appointment with your GP before you start any treatment yourself as you could make the injury worse […]

  • Thumb arthritis

    There are over 100 different types of arthritis but the most common ones are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis irritates the joints and makes them swell up, while rheumatoid arthritis basically destroys the joint over time. The one that most commonly affects the thumb joint is osteoarthritis and that is the one we are going […]