Dr Manoj Sivan MD FRCP Edin

Dr Manoj Sivan MD FRCP Edin


Manoj graduated in Medicine in 1999. He was UK’s first NIHR integrated academic trainee in Rehabilitation Medicine in Leeds and completed his MD (Research) in rehabilitation robotics from University of Leeds.

He was appointed as Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in 2012 and joined the Human Pain Research Group (HPRG) in University of Manchester as Honorary Senior Lecturer.

Since 2017, he has been in a clinical academic role as Associate Clinical Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine with LIRMM in University of Leeds and NHS Consultant in Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and Leeds Community Healthcare Trust. He also continues in his role within the Human Pain Research Group which is a collaboration between pain researchers from univeristies of Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool.


2007 UK's first NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Rehabilitation Medicine

2014  European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine (EARM) Prize for best research in rehabilitation in Europe

2014  UK Philips Nichols research prize

2016  Jill Simpson award for clinical excellence, Salford Royal Hospital Foundation Trust

Grants (as Chief Investigator)

July 2021 National Institute for Health Research NIHR £3.4M: Long Covid Multidisciplinary consortium: Optimising Treatments and servIces acrOss the NHS (LOCOMOTION)

April 2021 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council EPSRC Impact Acceleration £30k: HEART rate variability biofeedback (HRV-B) in home settings for LOng Covid management (HEARTLOC)

Jan 2021  Medical Research Council MRC CiC £74k: Validation of Covid-19 Yorkshire Rehabilitation Scale: a new self-report outcome measure for long covid syndrome (C19-YRS)

Sept 2019  QR-Global Challenge Research Fund GCRF £79k: TEleRehabilitation to improve quality of life in individuals with long term disability in Nepal (TERN)


  • Research lead for Leeds Long Covid rehabilitation service

Research interests

Physiology of pain and novel therapeutic approaches in chronic pain; Exercise and restorative robotic rehabilitation technology; Ultrasound for diagnosis and intervention in musculoskeletal problems; Sleep disturbances in chronic conditions; Outcome measurement; Post-COVID syndrome mechanisms and rehabilitative treatments


  • FRCP Edin
  • MD
  • Diploma Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • PgC Medical Imaging
  • MBBS

Professional memberships

  • Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  • General Medical Council
  • British Medical Association
  • Medical Protection Society
  • British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine

Student education

Current postgraduate students

PhD Chao Wang University of Leeds: Upper limb rehabilitation robotic technology for stroke patients

MD Dr Stephen Halpin University of Leeds: Home-based Brainwave Entrainment Technology (hBET) for management of chronic pain and sleep disturbance

PhD Ariane Delgado Sanchez University of Manchester MRC DTP scheme: Validation of a new tool for pain phenotyping


Faculty in MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine


National Muscuskeletal Medicine and Rehabilitation course 


Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Non-Inflammatory Musculoskeletal
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Long-term conditions
  • Health services research
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