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He can provide rapid diagnostic, imaging and treatment options to patients who
suffer with both acute and long-standing pain. He is particularly interested in
managing patients whose symptoms have become concerning, uncontrolled or
disabling. He can provide advice on optimal pain medication, alongside other
modalities of treatment, to provide a truly bespoke management plan.
Dr Halfpenny utilises a holistic approach when assessing patients, taking into
consideration age, concomitant medical conditions, level of function as well as
individual aims and lifestyle. He is of the opinion that every patient is individual, and
he is happy to provide bespoke pain management pathways for his patients, drawing
on his experience of working in multidisciplinary teams. Adopting a collaborative
approach to pain management with his patients, he ensures that individual
expectations are realistic and can be delivered.
Dr Halfpenny obtained his undergraduate degree MBBCh in 1990 from the University
of the Witwatersrand in South Africa where he graduated with Full Blue sporting
colours in both gymnastics and springboard diving. He underwent further specialist
training in anaesthesia (FRCA) at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and was later invited to
undertake a prestigious lecturing post where he conducted his early pain research.
He then undertook a fellowship in Advanced Pain Management being one of the first
trainees in the UK to do so. This ultimately lead to admission as a Fellow to the
Faculty of Pain Medicine (FFPMRCA)
He was appointed as a Consultant in Pain Medicine at the renowned St
Bartholomew’s Hospital and the Homerton Hospital. He was instrumental in the
development of the City and Hackney back pain service where he worked closely
with physiotherapists and psychologists to deliver integrated care to his patients. He
has continued to provide innovation to his clinical practice having established regular
multidisciplinary pain clinics in addition to providing cutting edge interventional
therapies to manage pain.
He has published and continues to lecture at both national and international
meetings in the field of pain medicine.
He has regular clinics at The London Orthopaedic Clinic, as well as interventional
lists at The Princess Grace Hospital and King Edward VII Hospital.