Dr Alan Fayaz

Tel: 020 3448 4776
Email: uclh.pain.query@nhs.net

National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Cleveland Street

Pain Management Centre at NHNN, Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

Professional background


Dr Fayaz is a Consultant in Chronic Pain Medicine, Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care at the University College London Hospital NHS Trust. He studied Medicine at the University of Cambridge and subsequently at Imperial College London. In 2017 he successfully submitted his Thesis in order to obtain a Doctorate in Medical Research MD(Res) from Imperial College London.

Dr Fayaz completed specialist training in Internal Medicine at various sites across the Imperial School network in West London. Part of his rotation included a secondment to the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, in Belgium, where he trained in Palliative Care Medicine. He subsequently completed seven years of specialist training in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the Barts and the London Schools, before undertaking Advanced Pain Training at Barts Health NHS Trust, and Guys and St Thomas' NHS Trusts.

In 2012 the Faculty of Pain Medicine awarded Dr Fayaz with the Examination Prize for achieving the top score at the FFPMRCA examination. He has also been awarded the Nuffield Gold Medal, from the Royal College of Anaesthetists, for his performance in the primary FRCA examination.

His clinical interests include the management of patients with neuropathic pain or pain relating to complex neurological diseases, complex general pain and neuromodulation. Dr Fayaz is also the acting media lead for the British Pain Society. His remit is to raise public awareness of Chronic Pain, and to facilitate engagement between pain clinicians and patients/allied health professionals. Dr Fayaz has spent a year out of clinical practice working closely with the Department of Health, the National Patient Safety Agency and the World Health Organisation as part of Management and Leadership scheme for clinical practitioners. During this tenure he was the project lead for national guidance aimed at preventing harm from the misplacement of nasogastric feeding tubes.

Research interests

Dr Fayaz' research interests include:

Chronic Pain Epidemiology, Chronic Pain and Cardiovascular Diseases, Psychological phenotyping in Chronic Pain, Patient safety and Learning from Near Misses.

Dr Fayaz has strong links with undergraduate and postgraduate education. He has worked with the Faculty of Pain Medicine, and Mercy Ships to deliver EPM (Essentials of Pain Medicine) training to healthcare Professionals in Africa, and to medical students and junior doctors in the United Kingdom. He has completed a Generic Instructor Course, and subsequently taught on a number of Advance Life Support Courses in the United Kingdom.


(As of February 2017)

  • The Association Between Chronic Pain and Cardiac Disease: A Cross-sectional Population Study. Fayaz A, Watt HC, Langford RM, Donaldson LJ. The Clinical Journal of Pain. 2016;32(12):1062-8.
  • Assessing the relationship between chronic pain and cardiovascular disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Fayaz A, Ayis S, Panesar S, Langford RM, Donaldson LJ. Scandinavian Journal of Pain. 2016 Oct;13:76-90
  • Prevalence of chronic pain in the UK: a systematic review and meta-analysis of population studies. Fayaz A, Croft P, Langford RM, Donaldson LJ, Jones GT. BMJ Open. 2016;6(6).
  • Integrating Research with Chronic Pain Training. A Fayaz. Transmitter Journal, p14 Autumn 2014. http://www.rcoa.ac.uk/system/files/FPM-Transmitter-Autumn-2014_1.pdf
  • Case Report: Cervical Meningioma presenting with back pain; A Fayaz, S Nikolic. Journal of Observational Pain Medicine Vol. 1 No. 3 (2014) ISSN: 2047-0800
  • Physiotherapy after spinal injections; A Fayaz, K Ullrich. Pain News Vol. 11 No. 3 (2013) p185-187
  • Leadership development for early career doctors; CEM Coltart, R Cheung, A Ardolino et al. The Lancet Vol. 379 No. 9828 May 12, 2012 p1763-1850
  • Checking placement of nasogastric feeding tubes in adults: summary of a safety report from the NPSA; Lamont T, Beaumont C, A Fayaz et al. BMJ 2011.1022;342:d2586
  • Reporting and Learning from Close Calls. A Fayaz, L Morlock. Chapter 2 from the book ‘The value of Close Calls in Improving Patient Safety’ published under the Joint Commission resources, 2011, p13-24
  • Reducing the harm caused by misplaced nasogastric feeding tubes in adults, children and infants; National Patient Safety Agency: Patient Safety Alert 002; March 2011; Available at http://www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/?entryid45=129640 (Co-author and project lead)
  • Clinical Audit: Why it matters; A Fayaz. BMJ careers July 2010. Available at http://careers.bmj.com/careers/advice/view-article.html?id=20001226
  • Pauci-immune necrotizing and crescenteric glomerulonephritis in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus; A Fayaz, Y Pirson, JP Cosyns et al. Clin Nephrology. 2008 Apr; 69(4):290-3
  • Neoadjuvant FEC chemotherapy followed by docetaxel in refractory patients with locally advanced breast cancer; W Heller, D Mazhar, R Ward et al. Oncology Rep. 2007 Jan;17(1):253-9 (Data Collection and Analysis)

GMC/GDC number: 6076122