Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Honorary Clinical Lecturer



+44 (0)20 3315 8023h.laycock




3.41Chelsea and Westminster HospitalChelsea and Westminster Campus





I am an Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Pain Medicine and a post CCT Paediatric Pain and Anaesthetic Fellow at Great Ormond Street Hospital.  

I completed my CCT in Anaesthesia in 2019 having trained within the Imperial School of Anaesthesia (London Deanery).  My clinical training included a two year Advanced Fellowship in Pain Medicine and Clinical Lectureship at Imperial College, Chelsea and Westminster Campus supervised by Professor Andrew Rice.  This included post doctoral research in deep phenotyping of diabetic neuropathy patients as part of the DOLORisk Study.

Prior to this I was awarded an Imperial College Wellcome Research Fellowship (2013-2017) and completed an NIHR portfolio study and a PhD in somatosensory and metabolic profiling of experimental burn injury associated pain models. This work contributed to my selection as a finalist for the NIAA research award in 2018. I held an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in the department of Anaesthetics, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care at Imperial College. I graduated from Imperial College Faculty of Medicine (MBBS) in 2005 and have a BSc in Psychology, Psychiatry and Cognitive Neuroscience from Imperial College. 

I was appointed as an editor at Anaesthesia in 2019, having been an assistant editor with Anaesthesia Reports from 2017-2019 and was the first Anaesthesia Journal Trainee Fellow, holding the post between September 2013 – 2014. I was the national trainee representative at the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetist (2018-2020) and currently sit on the Training and Assessment Committee.  I was a founding member and ex-vice chair of PLAN (Pan-London Perioperative Audit and Research Network, and was a regional lead for North West Thames between 2013-2019.

My current acute pain research interests are in burn injury associated pain and paediatric in hospital pain management and chronic pain research interests are in adult and paediatric neuropathy and quantitative sensory testing.



Agarwal S, Laycock HC, 2020, The debate ROTEMs on - the utility of point-of-care testing and fibrinogen concentrate in postpartum haemorrhage, Anaesthesia, ISSN:0003-2409

Casely EM, Laycock HC, 2020, Infusion Therapy for Pain, Headache and Related Conditions, Anesthesia and Analgesia, Vol:130, ISSN:0003-2999, Pages:E167-E168

Thomas SE, Laycock H, 2020, The use of high dose topical capsaicin in the management of peripheral neuropathy: narrative review and local experience, British Journal of Pain, Vol:14, ISSN:2049-4637, Pages:133-140

Friston D, Junttila S, Borges Paes Lemes J, et al., 2020, Leptin and fractalkine: novel subcutaneous cytokines in burn injury, Disease Models and Mechanisms, Vol:13, ISSN:1754-8403

Laycock H, Bailey CR, 2020, The influence of first author sex on acceptance rates of submissions to Anaesthesia Cases: a reply, Anaesthesia, Vol:75, ISSN:0003-2409, Pages:420-420

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