The Back Pain Team

Our Consultants

Mr Stuart Blagg.  MBBS BSc FRCS FRCS (Tr and Orth)
Spinal Surgical Consultant

Dr Stuart Blagg

Stuart Blagg has been a Specialist Spinal Consultant for the South Bucks NHS Trust and the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville since 2004. He is fellowship trained in spinal trauma, degeneration, tumour, paediatric spinal problems including scoliosis and deformity of the whole spine from occiput to coccyx. He has extensive experience of sports related spinal problems.

Nationally Stuart is the past President of the British Association of Spine Surgeons and sits on the complex spine Clinical Reference Group for NHS England. He was previously involved in setting up the Regional Trauma network and the Spine Regional Networks. He has helped organise the past 3 national spine meetings, is a reviewer for the Bone and Joint Journal and is heavily involved in national spine teaching and training.

 

Dr Neal Evans.  MBBS FRCA FFPMRCA
Pain Management Consultant

Dr Neal Evans

Current Post
Consultant in Pain Medicine since Aug 2003 Bucks Hospitals NHS Trust Clinical Lead since 2018

Other Practices

BMI The Chiltern & Shelburne Hospitals since 2003 The Beaconsfield Clinic

Qualifications
The London Hospital Medical College 1987-92 attaining M.B.B.S

I trained in Anaesthesia and attained FRCA in 1998 and went on to train in Pain Medicine as a sub-speciality attaining Fellowship in the Faculty of Pain Medicine FFPMRCA in 2007 (Founding Fellow).

Clinical Appointments
After qualification in Medicine I continued to work at the Royal London Hospital training in Anaesthesia. I then transferred to Cambridge to work in Intensive Care Medicine before doing a research fellowship for 18 months specifically looking at the role of Remifentanil in fast tracking high risk surgical admissions. From here I did a year at the Bristol as registrar where I attained FRCA. I then moved to Oxford for the remainder of my training attaining CCST in 2003.

Pain Training
I split my training time between the Oxford Pain Unit under Prof Henry McQuay and St Barts Hospital, London. Here I was able to combine the academic aspects of pain medicine at the Oxford unit and worked on the evidence based Bandolier publication, with the pain interventionist aspect at Barts.

Other Roles
I was the Regional Advisor in Pain Medicine to the Royal College of Anaesthetists for the Oxford Deanery from 2007-10 and coordinated and supervised all training in Pain Medicine. I have lectured widely on pain interventions and have been a regular tutor on national courses. Since 2018 I have been the Clinical Lead for Pain Medicine in Bucks Hospitals NHS Trust and have overseen many changes including centralising pain outpatient services at one site in Amersham.

Clinical Scope
I have been full time in Pain Medicine since 2007 and no longer work in Anaesthesia. I have a general pain practice but specialise in spinal interventional pain and work closely with spinal orthopaedic colleagues attending regular MDT’s and have a joint spinal clinic with a Consultant Spinal Surgeon at Stoke Mandeville Hospital for complex cases.

I employ a variety of well-established pain techniques mainly specialising in radio-frequency therapy under image guidance. The aim of my treatment is to establish where possible an accurate diagnosis, leading to a better understanding of the processes involved in the pain pathway experienced by the patient. By giving the patients a clearer explanation of their pain, I aim to improve their understanding and work with them to formulate a detailed treatment plan.

I treat a wide spectrum of problems from joint and muscle inflammatory, through to nerve entrapment and spinal conditions along with more complex chronic pain pathology including headaches and migraine treatment.

Academic
I continue to be active in teaching and contribute to a pain online forum for Consultants regularly. I have published three books on Intensive Care Medicine and chapters and articles on Pain topics. I lecture annually at the Doctors Updates course in Val D’Isere in the French Alps at the radiology meeting.