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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
- Pain medicine
Husham Al-Shather is a consultant in pain medicine and anaesthesia. He specialises in the management of chronic pain conditions. He provides a variety of interventional and non-interventional treatments for this specific patient population. Husham is a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists.
Husham performs epidural steroids injections, facet joint injections, sacroiliac joint injections, nerve root injections, peripheral nerve blocks, radiofrequency treatment and sympathetic blocks.
He completed higher specialist training in Pain Management and Anaesthetics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London. During this time he undertook a Regional Anaesthesia Training at Queen Victoria Hospital. He then completed his Advanced Pain Training at St George's Hospital and Ashford & St Peter’s NHS trust.
Since he joined The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust as a consultant in Pain Management and Anaesthetics in 2016, he has developed a very good reputation in providing patients with optimal clinical care and scored highly for rating of clinical effectiveness and patient satisfaction. This has been gained by working in a robust multidisciplinary team which emphasises the use of proven and evidence based medicine.
In addition to Pain Management, Husham is an expert in ultrasound guided procedures and regional anaesthesia. He is a faculty member teaching at various national and international courses. He has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and book chapters in the field of pain medicine and anaesthesia.
Areas of interest
back pain and Sciatica;
Upper back pain;
Whiplash pain disorder;
Facet joint pain;
Sacroiliac joint pain;
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
Failed back surgery syndrome;
Post herpetic neuralgia;
Post surgical pain;
Opioid medication review;
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading
Complex regional Pain Syndrome
Use of Ultrasound in Pain medicine
New Pain Medications
Outside medicine, I spend what little free time I have reading about the activities I used to pursue. Since the arrival of my two children, family commitments have overtaken almost all other activities on the home front, and they are my main focus. I would like to say that I am still a keen tennis player and spends some time cycling and playing golf.
2017: Grünenthal Pain Awards for Pain Management Unit at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.
2011: 2nd Best oral presentation prize, the Euro-SIVA, Amsterdam, Holland.
2014: A THANK YOU letter from the AAGBI for my contribution as a main investigator and data collector to Anaesthesia Sprint Audit of Practice (ASAP) conducted by the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD)
• Final FRCA: 300 SBAs. Final FRCA exam book. 2015. I have written 20 single best answer practice questions with their relevant answers in Regional anaesthesia, Pain medicine and Anatomy.
• Awake laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy under paravertebral and superficial cervical plexus blockade (correspondence letter). Anaesthesia. 2015; 70:1210-1211. First author.
• Wrong site injection in pain practice! How wan we prevent it? British Journal of Pain. 2016:10(2) Sup1. First author.
• Patient satisfaction survey for Patients having Lumbar facet Medial Branch Radiofrequency denervation (RDF) in specialist Pain Management Centre. British Journal of Pain. 2016:10(2) Sup1. First author.
• Hand surgery under brachial plexus block as a sole anaesthetic technique: Do we need to starve patients before operation? RAPM abstract, Volume 40, Number 5, Supplement 1, Sep/Oct 2015. First author.
• Lumbar facet medial branch radiofrequency denervation in specialist pain management centre: A review of current practice. RAPM abstract, Volume 40, Number 5, Supplement1, Sep/Oct 2015. First author.
• Epidural Complications- Does it matter how many attempts we have? RAPM abstract, Volume 39, Number 5, Supplement 1, Sep/Oct 2014. First author.
• Brachial plexus block in specialist hand trauma centre: a review of our current practice. RAPM abstract, Volume 39, Number 5, Supplement 1, Sep/Oct 2014. First author.
• Incidence of surgical site pain and tourniquet pain in patients undergoing upper limb surgery under US guided axillary brachial plexus block. RAPM abstract, Volume 39, Number 5, Supplement 1, Sep/Oct 2014. Coauthor.
• The effect of brachial plexus block approach on the quality of the block in hand surgery patient. RAPM abstract, Volume 39, Number 5, Supplement 1, Sep/Oct 2014. Coauthor.
• Patients’ satisfaction survey in patients having awake surgery under brachial plexus block. RAPM abstract, Volume 39, Number 5, Supplement 1, Sep/Oct 2014. First author.
• Physician’s attitude towards admitting stroke patient to Critical Care Units. The Journal of the Intensive Care Society (JICS). 2012; 13(suppl1): P3. First author.
• The Effect of Total Intravenous anaesthesia on Length of Stay after day Case Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy and Laparoscopic Hernia repair. The Journal of One-Day surgery. Abstract supplements, 2011. First author.
• Use of Statins in Community-Acquired-Pneumonia in ITU: Is there a survival advantage? Critical Care. 2011.
Courses offered to GPs
I am a faculty member teaching at various national and international courses. I regularly give talks and seminars to hospital doctors and GPs. this includes Fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, back pain and opioid drugs.
Since I joined The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust as a consultant in Pain Management and Anaesthetics, I have developed a very good reputation in providing patients with optimal clinical care and scored highly for rating of clinical effectiveness and patient satisfaction. I have done numerous injections and procedures with no reports of infection, major complication or readmission to hospital.
- FFPMRCA: Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists 2016
- FRCA: Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists Royal College of Anaesthetists 2012
- EDRA: European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine 2014
- ECDL: European Computer Driving License University of Plymouth. UK 2008
- BSC level 2 certificates for IT computer science University of Plymouth 2008
- PGCert PeriOP (Peri-operative Medicine) University College London. 2015
Reference number 6145183
Details of entry to specialist register
- General Medical Council, 2016
Affiliations / memberships
Royal College of Anaesthetists
International Association for the Study of Pain
British Pain Society
European Society of Regional Anaesthesia
Regional Anaesthsia UK
London School of Regional Anaesthesia
Resuscitation Council UK: ALS instructor
Medical Defence Union
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