Dr Rajiv Malhotra

Dr Rajiv Malhotra

Consultant in Pain Management and Anaesthesia

Practising at

Spire Liverpool Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Rajiv Malhotra at Spire include:

Other treatments

I also offer a range of other treatments including:

  • Osteoarthritis¬†
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Disc prolapse
  • Sciatica

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Professional profile

I am a Consultant in Pain Medicine working in a large teaching hospital, with my substantive post starting in 2015. I assess and treat patients with long-term pain conditions and acute exacerbations of pain conditions.This includes back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, arthritic pain, pain after surgery, complex regional pain syndrome, nerve-type pain and pain related to cancer. Every week I perform interventional pain medicine procedures that include trigger point injections, epidurals, nerve root blocks, blocks for shoulder and knee arthritis, sacro-iliac joint injections and radiofrequency ablation.

I work within a multi-disciplinary team and have good working relationships with physiotherapists and psychologists. I provide medical input into the local fibromyalgia management course and manage a number of patients with this condition.

I have a specialist interest in the management of patients with complex chronic chest pain, including refractory angina and contribute to patient education as part of the Liverpool Refractory Angina Centre.

Areas of interest include: lower back and neck pain, knee arthritis, shoulder arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic chest pain. I perform a range of interventional procedures and have a specialist interest in the use of nerve blocks for the longterm management of back pain, as well as shoulder and knee osteoarthritis

In addition to my clinical work, I am the Lead Consultant for numerous educational training courses and draw upon knowledge gained from my recent Masters in Medical Education. I lecture nationally on topics related to Pain Medicine, particularly the management of flare-ups of poorly controlled pain.

Departmental Lead for Audit and Research Local Pain Medicine Educational Supervisor Consultant Representative for Mersey Pain Medicine Training Group (Health Education North West)

Clinical Interests

Pain management
Pain relief

Private contact details

Private secretary Alison Caplan
Private secretary telephone 0151 522 1840
Private secretary email
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Qualification and professional memberships

BSc (Hons) / University of Liverpool / 2005
Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology

MB ChB (Hons) / University of Liverpool / 2006
Medical School Degree

FRCA (Macintosh Medal) / Royal College of Anaesthetists / 2011
Anaesthetic Postgraduate Examination

MMed / Universtiy of Dundee / 2015
Masters in Medical Education

FFPMRCA (First Prize) / Faculty of Pain Medicine / 2016
Pain Medicine Postgraduate Examinations

Professional memberships

Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland
General Medical Council
Royal College of Anaesthetists
Medical Protection Society
Faculty of Pain Medicine

Professional leadership

Faculty of Advanced Life Support group (Resuscitation Council)
Member of the Mersey Pain Training group (Health Education North West)
Local Pain Medicine Educational Supervisor

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Research and Publication


The digital footprint of chronic pain: are we keeping up with the rest? Pain News
December 2012

Dear Editor: Dexmedetomidine in peripheral and neuraxial blockade: a meta-analysis British Journal of Anaesthesia
February 2014

Duration of motor block with intrathecal ropivacaine versus bupivacaine for caesarean section: a meta-analysis. International Journal of Obstetric Anaesthesia
August 2016

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Personal Profile

I enjoy spending my spare time at the gym, going to Anfield (season ticket holder) and skiing. I am currently training for the London Marathon (2018).

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