Dr Nofil Mulla

Consultant Pain Physician

FRCA, FFPMRCA, NBME (USA), MD, MB, BS


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I am a Consultant and Clinical Lead in Integrated Pain Services at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I am an expert 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 and pelvic pain among others.

 

 

He consults more than 1000 patients every year and has special expertise in management of complex pain conditions. I provide medication management and a wide range of interventions (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 and other injection therapies. I have special expertise in ultrasound guided pain procedures, peripheral nerve stimulation and radiofrequency denervation/ablation.

My 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. I work closely with multidisciplinary specialists that involves discussion of patients with complex needs within a specialist clinical team.

I have extensive experience in the multidisciplinary management of pain conditions, the prevalence of which is over 40% in the UK population. My clinical approach is holistic and based upon a bio-psycho-social model that facilitates functional independence and emotional wellbeing offered in a compassionate environment. I am highly qualified in the modern and advanced techniques of pain management.

I have undergone training in world renowned centres of excellence and an advanced pain fellowship at the Guy’s and St Thomas’ University Hospital affiliated to King’s College London School of Medicine. I worked as a Consultant in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and St George’s University Hospital, London. I also worked in General Medicine which enhances my scope of practice with an additional advantage in my clinical approach.

As the Clinical Lead for the Integrated Pain Service at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital, I am in charge of overseeing the functioning of the service and conducting and supervising clinical audit and research along with quality assurance and service development.

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Nofil Mulla at Spire include:

Pain management

Other treatments

  • Facet injections and medial branch blocks (cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine)
  • Sacro-iliac joint injections + denervation (Simplicity III)
  • Nerve root blocks
  • Epidural and caudal steroid injections
  • Peripheral nerve blocks

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Pain management
Sports injury

Musculoskeletal pain Interventional pain Cancer pain Post-surgical pain Pelvic pain Fibromyalgia Radiofrequency denervations Peripheral neuromodulation Ultrasound guided injections

Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

General Medical Council

Royal College of Anaesthetists

British Pain Society

International association for study of pain

World Institute of Pain

The European Society of Regional Anaesthesia & Pain Therapy

Professional leadership

Clinical lead in integrated pain service at the Bedfordshire Hospitals NHSFT
Leads weekly Pain MDT
Leads monthly MDT of triage with Circle Bedfordshire
Leads monthly MDT of triage with Virgin MSK

Research and publications

Dr Mulla regularly presents scientific papers and gives lectures nationally and internationally on various subjects apart from organising symposia and scientific workshops. He contributes to journals and medical textbooks on a regular basis. He is an expert speaker at the local clinical commissioning groups and hospital clinical governance meetings including general practitioners and allied health professionals. He is a member of the training and assessments board and the examinations tutorials organiser of the Pain Faculty at The Royal College of Anaesthetists. He is the royal college tutor for pain education supervision within the region. He is an educational supervisor for anaesthesia trainees and a medical appraiser in the hospital trust for consultants and non-consultant doctors.

  • Chronic Pain clinic conversion rates: Mulla N, Fai, K, Griffiths R, Norman J. British Pain Society abstract book. Glasgow, UK
  • Prevalence of Hypovitaminosis D in patients attending outpatient pain clinics at a UK University Hospital: Mulla N, Correa R, Balasubramanian S. 15th World Congress on Pain: IASP, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Spinal cord stimulation in a rare case of intercostal neuralgia: Mulla N, Balasubramanian S. 3rd World Institute of Pain Conference, Kolkata, India
  • Chronic post-surgical pain: an informed consent issue: Mulla N, Balasubramanian S. 3rd World Institute of Pain Conference, Kolkata, India
  • Use of epidural analgesia to facilitate high cervical cordotomy: Mulla N, Antrobus JHL. 15th World Congress of pain Clinicians. Granada, Spain

Current NHS posts

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Personal profile

Dr Mulla’s outside interests involve spending family time with his wife who is a palliative care consultant and his son who is a county cricket player. Dr Mulla is an expert cook and an avid cricketer and a squash player.

Contact information

Private secretary Ms Annie Simpson
Private secretary telephone 07984 390 548
Private secretary email info.nmpain@gmail.com