Dr Nick Plunkett’s subspecialist interest is pain medicine. This was the focus of higher training abroad and the attainment of a higher qualification by examination in pain medicine (FFPMANZCA). He has been awarded a similar qualification by the newly formed Faculty of Pain Medicine at the Royal College of Anaesthetists and is a Foundation Fellow of this body (FFPMRCA). He has considerable involvement with the FFPMRCA with respect to training and assessment issues.
Dr Plunkett sees and assesses new patients in the pain clinic usually within 2 weeks. He carries out a number of pain relieving injections, advises on medication changes and directs the patient to the most appropriate on-going care, if relevant.
He sees claimants for medico-legal purposes to establish causality, gives opinion on degree of pain and dysfunction and prognosis. He is instructed on a single (60:40 claimant:defendant) and joint basis.