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Dr Husham Al-Shather

Consultant in pain management and anesthesia


Practices at: Circle Reading Hospital

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Dr 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 specialises in managing patients with Lower back pain, Neck pain, Neuropathic pain, Abdominal pain, Acute pain, Complex regional pain syndrome, Post-stroke pain and Fibromyalgia. He performs epidural steroids injections, facet joint injections, sacroiliac joint injections, nerve root injections, peripheral nerve blocks 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.

Outside medicine, he spends what little free time he has reading about the activities he used to pursue. Since the arrival of his two children, family commitments have overtaken almost all other activities on the home front, and they are his main focus. He would like to say that he is still a keen tennis player and spends some time cycling.

His current NHS position is as a consultant in Pain Management and Anaesthetics at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. He first achieved a medical qualification in 1998.

His special clinical interests are:

  • Pain Management
  • Regional Anaestesia
  • Perioperative Medicine

His research interests are:

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • New Pain Medicine's

He has achieved the following awards:

  • 2017: Grünenthal Pain Awards for Pain Management Unit at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.
  • 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)
  • 2014: Minister of Health AWARD, Iraq. For participating in nursing/ ALS training in battlefield.
  • 2011: 2nd Best oral presentation prize, the Euro-SIVA, Amsterdam, Holland.
  • 2011: A THANK YOU letter from the Intensive Care Society (ICM) and Meetings Committee for providing an excellent presentation at the State of the Art 2011 meeting in London.

He has published the following works:


  • 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.
  • The effect of operator grade on the outcome of the brachial plexus block in hand trauma centre. RAPM abstract, Volume 39, Number 5, Supplement1, 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.Aetiology of pneumonia in the ICU: the need for early Gram-negative cover. Critical Care. 2011;15(Suppl1): P221. Coauthor.
  • Use of Statins in Community-Acquired-Pneumonia in ITU: Is there a survival advantage? Critical Care. 2011;15(Suppl1): P267. Coauthor.

General Medical Council
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: Member and ALS instructor
Medical Defence Union

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