Dr Richard Sawyer

Dr Richard Sawyer

Consultant in Pain Management

Year first qualified: 1989
GMC number: 3640384
Main NHS base: Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
Pain Management Treatments


Dr Richard Sawyer specialises in chronic low back and neck pain (including whiplash). His treatments include psychology and physical rehabilitation in the management of chronic pain and neuromodulation techniques. They may also include the appropriate use of injections for spinal pain, including facet joint denervation and SI joint denervation.

Training and background

In 2013 Dr Richard Sawyer became a consultant in pain management and anaesthesia at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. Prior to this, he was a consultant at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust for 12 years, and the lead clinician for 7 years.

Dr Sawyer 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. He has over 10 years’ experience in implanting spinal cord stimulators for managing chronic spinal pain.

Research and teaching

Dr Sawyer’s research interests are focused on chronic pain and its management, as a result of which he has recently been involved in a number of local, national and multi-national projects. Dr Sawyer has also published numerous articles on chronic pain and its management.

He 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.

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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