Dr Nofil Mulla
Consultant in Integrated Pain Services
Main NHS BaseLuton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Scope of Practice
- Pain Management
- Degenerative and arthritic conditions
- Neck and low back pain
- Joint pain
- Slipped spinal discs
- Whiplash and sports injuries
Areas of Expertise
- Cancer pain
- Headaches and facial pain
- Persistent post surgical pain
- Neuropathic pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tennis Elbow
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Pelvic pain
Training & Background
Dr Mulla is a Consultant and Clinical Lead in Integrated Pain Services at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has been working as a physician in the United Kingdom for the past 15 years and attained specialist training in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine from various institutions including advanced pain fellowship from the world renowned Guy’s and St. Thomas’ University Hospital affiliated to King’s College London School of Medicine.
Prior to his current appointment as a Clinical Lead, he worked as a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and St. Georges’s University Hospital, London. He has rotated in clinical externships in hospitals across New York and Pennsylvania, USA and also trained in General Medicine apart from Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, having qualified as a Doctor for over 20 years.
He has extensive experience in the multidisciplinary management of pain conditions and sees more than 100 patients per month in the NHS, the prevalence of chronic pain being over 40% in the UK population and known to lead to deleterious health effects resulting in the ‘burden of pain’.
His consultation involves a comprehensive assessment and a detailed clinical examination as well as formulation of a diagnosis along with an extensive range of treatments for painful conditions where surgery is neither necessary nor preferred. He works closely with multidisciplinary specialists including but not limited to orthopaedic, spinal and other specialist surgeons, rheumatologists and neurologists apart from physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and pharmacists. This often involves discussion of patients with complex needs within a specialist team from various clinical specialties.
He has expertise in treating common conditions including but not limited to degenerative and arthritic conditions, neck and low back pain, joint pain, sciatica/lumbago, slipped spinal discs, whiplash and sports injuries. His other areas of expertise include cancer pain, headaches and facial pain, migraine, persistent post surgical pain, fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, complex regional pain syndrome and pelvic pain among others.
He provides treatments in the form of medication management and a wide range of interventional techniques (injection therapy) such as lumbar and cervical epidural injections, facet joint injections, medial branch blocks, sacro-iliac joint injections, hip, knee/other joint injections, nerve root blocks, trigger point injections, Botox injections, occipital nerve blocks, radio frequency lesioning and other injection therapies. He has special expertise in ultrasound guided pain procedures and peripheral nerve stimulation. He is involved in managing inpatient cancer pain patients from within the hospital and the nearby Hospice set-ups.
He regularly presents scientific papers and gives lectures both nationally and internationally on various subjects apart from organising symposia and scientific workshops. He contributes to journals and medical textbooks on a regular basis and has a special interest in teaching and training healthcare professionals including general practitioners and allied health professionals and is a member of the training and assessments board and an examinations course organiser of the Pain Faculty at The Royal College of Anaesthetists. He is the Clinical Lead for the Integrated Pain Service at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital in charge of overseeing the functioning of the Integrated Pain Service and carrying out clinical audit and research along with quality assurance and service development within the department.
His outside interests involve spending family time with his wife who is a Palliative care Consultant and his son who is a county cricket player. He is an expert cook and an avid cricketer and squash player.