Dr Liam Blaney
Consultant in Pain Management
MB BCh BaO & DCH & FRCA & FFPMRCA
I am a Consultant in Pain Medicine at Spire Little Aston and the University Hospital Queen Elizabeth NHS Trust Birmingham. I have been the Clinical Lead for Pain at the University Hospital for the past eight years. In this role, I have been instrumental in the establishment of a fully multi-disciplinary approach to the management of pain of all types. I have established a dedicated neuropathic pain clinic to allow for the early diagnosis and treatment of nerve injury pain which is notoriously resistant to normal treatments.
My particular interest is in the management of persistent and intractable pain, which by its nature causes distress and reduced function in every affected individual. I aim where possible, to facilitate diagnosis and to institute treatments which will - in most instances - reduce pain, speed recovery and diminish the impact of the pain on the individual’s life as a whole. These treatments range from simple advice through to medication change and injections and will often involve the close involvement of the physiotherapy service. I will work in close collaboration with your GP as well as all other consultants involved in your care.
I assess on average 700 new patients each year and perform up to 1,000 procedures, which range from simple injections through to complex spinal procedures.
I gained my medical degree from the University College Dublin, in 1987 then moved to the UK to undertake training in anaesthesia, which I completed through the Birmingham School of anaesthesia in 1997. It was during this training that I developed a specialist interest in the field of pain medicine and to further develop that interest I spent a year as a Pain Fellow in Perth, Western Australia. I then returned to the UK to take up a consultant post in anaesthesia and pain management but, due to the expansion of the pain service, I now dedicate all of my time to the area of pain medicine.
In my spare time I am a keen sportsman enjoying running, football and equestrian pursuits.