Dr Neil CollighanPain Medicine Consultant

Dr Collighan is a full-time Consultant in Pain Medicine, specialising in a wide range of pain conditions. He has delivered Pain management at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust for the last 11 years and has been Lead Consultant during that time. He believes that all pain management strategies should be a combined medical, interventional and psychological approach to ensure optimum results and patient wellbeing



Dr Collighan has a private practice at BMI Chaucer Hospital in Canterbury, Spencer Private Hospital in Margate and also at the One Ashford Hospital in Ashford, Kent




Private Secretary: vanessa.seller@outlook.com

Phone: Vanessa Seller on 07359 502104



Professional CV including medico-legal experience

Neil Collighan's  CV can be downloaded here


Dr Collighan has been trained in the more complex interventional procedures including spinal cord stimulation, intrathecal drug delivery devices and intradiscal therapies. He has recently developed a private multidisciplinary Spinal Cord Stimulation service for the County of Kent which can be delivered at any of the hospitals he consults out of. More

He has 10 years’ experience in preparing and submitting medico-legal reports with regards to assessment of pain management and treatment requirements. More

Dr Collighan has a particular expertise in neuromodulation, a medical procedure used to alter nervous system function for relief of pain. He has jointly established a neuromodulation service at East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust that provides both spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal pump placement. Following guidance from NICE in November 2022 Dr Collighan is now able to offer Multifidus muscle neuromodulation using Mainstay systems for patients with non-surgical low back pain with signs of axial instability.'
More on neuromodulation here

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Recent Appointment

Dr Collighan has recently been elected Honorary Secretary for the British Pain Society


In 2018 Dr Colleague was elected by his colleagues as a member of the Council of the British Pain Society. He acts as council liaison for the National Institute of Clinical Effectiveness (NICE) and also the Interventional Pain Management special Interest group.


In 2013, Dr Collighan was appointed as the South East Coast Representative on the NHS England Clinical Reference Group (CRG) for Specialised Pain Services. In 2016 he was appointed South representative and in 2019 he was appointed as a National Representative.



Developing the field of Pain Medicine

Dr Collighan has been actively involved in the development of the field of pain medicine. This includes the following roles:



Co-Chair of an editorial group that developed guidelines for Medial Branch Blocks and Radiofrequency Denervation of lumbar facet joints in the UK. Now published jointly by the British Pain Society and the Royal College of Anaesthetists' Pain Faculty, see here

Chair of a Pain Society working group developing a UK statement on the use of steroids in axial procedures.

Appointed Chair of the British Pain Society Interventional Pain Management (IPM) group in 2015

Joint author of articles in the Journal of Observational Pain Medicine.

Awarded the Fellowship for the Faculty of Pain

British Pain Society council member

Dr Collighan is an active member or fellow of: The Royal College of Anaesthetists, The Association of Anaesthetists, British Medical Association, The International Association for the Study of Pain, The British Pain Society, Interventional Pain Management Special interest group and Medicolegal Special Interest Group, The Neuromodulation Society of the United Kingdom and Ireland, Representative on the NHS England Clinical Reference Group for Specialised Pain Services


Dr Collighan has recently developed a private multidisciplinary Spinal Cord Stimulation service for the County of Kent

Procedures offered

  • Cervical/Thoracic/Lumbar/Caudal epidurals under X-ray guidance
  • Cervical/Thoracic/Lumbar/Sacral nerve root blocks
  • Guanethedine blocks
  •  Paravertebral blocks
  •  Cervical,Thoracic and Lumbar facet joint injections
  •  Sacroiliac joint injections
  •  Radiofrequency denervation of Cervical/Thoracic/Lumbar facet joints and
       sacroiliac joints
  • Lumbar sympathectomy
  •  Pulsed Radiofrequency of a dorsal root ganglion/ peripheral nerve
  • Joint injections under X ray guidance
  • Occipital nerve blocks
  • Botox for muscular pains and migraine
  •  Epidural adhesiolysis (Racz procedure)
  • Neuromodulation – spinal cord stimulation, High frequency cord stimulation
  • Dorsal root ganglion stimulation, Intrathecal pump device implantation.


Dr Collighan can be contacted through Pain Expert Limited


Pain Expert Limited

Oak Lodge Business Centre

Oak Lodge School Lane

Little Melton Norwich

Phone: 01603 819115

Email: office@pain-expert.org

Office Hours: 9am to 5pm Mon – Fri



Medico-Legal Experience


Dr Collighan has been involved in the preparation and submission of

medico-legal reports with regards to assessment of previous pain management and on-going requirements since 2009. He completes 20-30 medico-legal reports per year, majority claimant but he also has experience with defendant reports.


Medico-legal training includes Bond Solon Civil Procedure Rules for Expert Witnesses Certificate and regular attendance at Cambridge Annual Medico-Legal Conference. Dr Collighan has been an officer of the Medico-Legal Special Interest Group (SIG) of the British Pain Society.





Private Clinics
All enquiries to Vanessa Seller, phone: 07359 502104 BMI Chaucer Hospital, Kent BMI Chaucer Hospital, Nackington Road
Canterbury, Kent CT4 7AR

Other Clinics are held at:

The Spencer Private Hospital, Margate

The Spencer Private Hospital
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital,

Ramsgate Road, Margate, Kent CT9 4BG


One Ashford Hospital

Kennington Road

Ashford, Kent


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Company Details: Painspecialist Limited  Registration Number: 08432288

Registered Address: Victoria Court, 17-21 Ashford Road, Maidstone, Kent, England, ME14 5DA

Refund Policy: Payments for services received In £ only are non-refundable unless there has been a defined overpayment. The defined overpayment can be repaid or used as credit for further treatment on agreement with Dr Collighan

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