Profiles Detail

Dr Richard Sawyer Consultant

  • Clinical Interests: Chronic low back and neck pain (including whiplash); psychology and physical rehabilitation in the management of chronic pain; the appropriate use of injections for spinal pain (including facet joint denervation and SI joint denervation); neuromodulation techniques.
  • Year Qualified: 1989
  • Qualifications: MBBCh DA FRCA FIPP FFPMRCA
  • Professional memberships: General Medical Council, Medical Defence Union of Scotland, British Pain Society, International Association for the Study of Pain, Royal College of Anaesthetists, World Institute of Pain, Neuromodulation Society of UK and Ireland, International Neuromodulation Society, Medicolegal Special Interest Group of IASP, Pain Education Special Interest Group of BPS.
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  • Clinic days / times: Friday afternoons or by appointment, depending on availability
  • Appointment Number: The Foscote Private Hospital on 01295 252281 and/or referral phone number 01865 307734


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.