Dr Richard Sawyer is a consultant in pain management and anaesthesia at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, having been appointed to this position in 2013. Prior to this, he was a consultant at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust for 12 years, and the lead clinician for 7 years.
He specialises in a wide range of chronic pain conditions, including spinal pain, whiplash injuries and neuropathic (nerve) pains. He is a strong advocate of the biopsychosocial model of pain management which views pain as a dynamic interaction among and within the biological, psychological, and social factors unique to each individual.
Dr Sawyer has a specialist interest in interventional procedures for managing chronic pain conditions. He specialises in the use of radiofrequency, pulsed radiofrequency, peripheral electrical nerve stimulation (PENS) and neuromodulation techniques and has over 10 years’ experience in implanting spinal cord stimulators for managing chronic spinal pain.
His research interests are focused on chronic pain and its management and he has recently been involved in a number of local, national and multi-national projects. He has also published numerous articles on chronic pain and its management.
Dr Sawyer is currently undertaking a Masters in Medical Law through De Montfort University in Leicester and has academic interests in the philosophy of health care and issues surrounding consent.