Dr Manoj Sivan MD FRCP Edin

Dr Manoj Sivan MD FRCP Edin


I graduated in Medicine in 1999. I was the UK’s first NIHR integrated academic trainee in Rehabilitation Medicine in Leeds and completed my MD (Research) in rehabilitation robotics at the University of Leeds.

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

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

I was appointed President of the British Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine BSPRM (https://www.bsprm.org.uk/) in Nov 2022.

I am the Editor-in-Chief for the journal Advances in Rehabilitation Science and Practice (https://journals.sagepub.com/home/rpo) and the handbook Oxford Handbook for Rehabilitation Medicine (https://academic.oup.com/book/29871)

I have served as an advisor for the World Health Organisation (WHO) Europe – Disability and Rehabilitation during the pandemic.


  • 2022  George Burniston Medal for contribution to the field of rehabilitation medicine
  • 2022  Innovate UK Outstanding Collaboration with Industry award
  • 2021  BMJ Clinical Leadership Team of the year award
  • 2021  Medipex NHS Innovation award for developing digital PROM
  • 2016  Jill Simpson award for clinical excellence, Salford Royal Hospital Foundation Trust
  • 2014  European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine (EARM) Prize for best research in rehabilitation in Europe
  • 2014  UK Philips Nichols research prize
  • 2007  UK's first NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Rehabilitation Medicine

Grants (as Chief Investigator) £4.5 million

  • 2023  NHS England £77k: Evaluation of outcomes from NHS England Long COVID services using ELAROS digital PROM data and other routinely collected outcome data 
  • 2022  Medical Research Council MRC DiMeN DTP: Exploring the biomarkers for new-onset chronic pain in long covid. A mechanistic study
  • 2022  Research England Policy Support Fund £56k: National policy on peer support interventions to address an unmet need in Long Covid
  • 2021  National Institute for Health Research NIHR £3.4M: Long Covid Multidisciplinary consortium: Optimising Treatments and servIces acrOss the NHS (LOCOMOTION)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Lead for Leeds Human Pain Research Group
  • Editor-in-Chief Advances in Rehabilitation Science and Practice

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 Exercise Medicine
  • PgC Medical Imaging
  • MBBS

Professional memberships

  • Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  • General Medical Council
  • British Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Medical Protection Society
  • Society for Research in Rehabilitation

Student education

Current postgraduate students

  • PhD  Barbara Silva Passadoura University of Leeds: UNICO: UNnderstandIng Chronic pain in long cOvid
  • PhD  Omar Khoja University of Leeds: MUSLOC: Musculoskeletal pain in long Covid
  • MD   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
  • PhD  Chao Wang University of Leeds: Upper limb rehabilitation robotic technology for stroke patients

Other research students

  • MRes  Nafi Iftekhar University of Leeds: HEARTLOC: Heart rate variability biofeedback for dysautonomia in Long Covid
  • MRes  Rosie Solomon University of Leeds: TERN: Telerehabilitation in Nepal

Involved in 

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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