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





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

Helen completed a CCT in Anaesthesia in 2019 having trained within the Imperial School of Anaesthesia (London Deanery).  Her 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 she 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 selection as a finalist for the NIAA research award in 2018. She has also held an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in the department of Anaesthetics, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care at Imperial College and graduated from Imperial College Faculty of Medicine (MBBS) in 2005.  She also has a BSc in Psychology, Psychiatry and Cognitive Neuroscience from Imperial College. 

She is an editor at Anaesthesia (since 2019), having been an assistant editor with Anaesthesia Reports from 2017-2019 and was the first Anaesthesia Journal Trainee Fellow (2013 – 14). She was the national trainee representative at the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetist (2018-2020) and currently is a member of the Training and Assessment Committee at The Faculty of Pain Medicine.  She 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.



Granovsky Y, Topaz LS, Laycock H, et al., 2021, Conditioned pain modulation is more efficient in painful than in non-painful diabetic polyneuropathy patients., Pain, ISSN:0304-3959

Laycock HC, Harrop-Griffiths W, 2021, Assessing pain: how and why?, Anaesthesia, Vol:76, ISSN:0003-2409, Pages:559-562

Laycock HC, Mullins E, 2021, The role of anaesthetists in women's health, Anaesthesia, Vol:76, ISSN:0003-2409, Pages:3-5

Odor PM, Bampoe S, Lucas DN, et al., 2021, Incidence of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia in obstetrics: a multicentre, prospective cohort study, Anaesthesia, Vol:76, ISSN:0003-2409, Pages:759-776

Odor PM, Bampoe S, Moonesinghe SR, et al., 2020, General anaesthetic and airway management practice for obstetric surgery in England: a prospective, multicentre observational study, Anaesthesia, Vol:76, ISSN:0003-2409, Pages:460-471

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