Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Honorary Clinical Lecturer



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3.41Chelsea and Westminster HospitalChelsea and Westminster Campus





Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Pain Medicine and Consultant in Paediatric Pain and Anaesthesia 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.  She also completed a 2 year post CCT fellowship in Paediatric Pain and Anaesthetics at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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 a member of the Training and Assessment Committee at The Faculty of Pain Medicine (2020-2023).  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.

Her current interests include: paediatric in-hospital pain management; adult and paediatric neuropathic pain; quantitative sensory testing; and patient and public involvement in paediatric pain research.  



Keane E, Johnson M, Laycock H, 2024, Rethinking paediatric peri-operative cardiac arrest: proactive preparation and tailored training., Anaesthesia

Charlesworth M, Laycock H, 2024, Driving down the carbon cost of peri-operative care: old controversies, new topics, fresh perspectives and the future., Anaesthesia, Vol:79, Pages:223-225

Bhattacharyya A, Laycock H, Brett S, et al., 2023, Health care professionals’ experiences of pain management in the Intensive Care Unit: a qualitative study, Anaesthesia, ISSN:0003-2409

Wiles MD, Klein AA, Shelton CL, 2023, Position statement from the Editors of <i>Anaesthesia</i> and <i>Anaesthesia Reports</i> on best practice in academic medical publishing, Anaesthesia, Vol:78, ISSN:0003-2409, Pages:1139-1146

Nagy I, Friston D, Cuddihy J, et al., 2023, Elevated 18:0 lysophosphatidylcholine contributes to the development of pain in tissue injury, Pain, Vol:164, ISSN:0304-3959, Pages:e103-e115

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