Dr Douglas Natusch

Dr Douglas Natusch

Honorary Associate Dean

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)



Dr Douglas Natusch
Consultant Anaesthetics and Pain Medicine, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust. 
Honorary Consultant, Rowcroft Hospice, Torquay. 
Associate Dean, Torbay and South Devon, Peninsula Medical School


BSc, (Medical Science), University of St Andrews, 1987
MbChB, University Manchester, 1990
FRCA, Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, 1996
MSc (Pain Management), University of Wales College of Medicine. 2002
FFPMRCA Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anesthetists 2007

Professional membership

1.The British Pain Society.
2.The International Association for the Study of Pain.
3.The Association of Anaesthetists.

Roles on external bodies

Appointments Assessor, Royal College of Anaesthetists 
Member of the Essential Pain Management Committee (EPM), Faculty of Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anesthetists


Reports & invited lectures

2003 - “Pain Management”, Rheumatology Study Day, Buckfast Abbey.
2004 - “The South Devon Back Pain Network”. Society of Anaesthetists of the South West Region (SASWR).
2006 – “Opioids”. Royal Pharmaceutical Society Meeting, South Devon.
2008 –SG2, Spinal Conference, Chicago: Optimising Spinal Care for Growth, “The art and science of non operative care.”
2010 – “A Joint Pain & Addiction Clinic”, Peninsula Pain Group, Dartington – with joint lecture with Dr Stuart MacLaren, Consultant Psychiatrist in the Addictions, Secondary Care Addiction Services.
2012 – “Pain and Opioid Addiction”. Current Concepts in Pain Medicine Meeting, Faculty of Pain Medicine Annual Update, Royal College of Anaesthetists, 2012.
2012 – Morning Workshops“Complex Regional Pain Syndrome” interactive case review. British Elbow and Shoulder Society(BESS), National Orthopaedic Specialist Society meeting. Invited to submit an article for the Journal Orthopaedics and Trauma.
2016 – ‘Motivational Interviewing’ joint lecture with Dr Nick Zeiher, Consultant Psychiatrist in the Addictions, Secondary Care Addiction Services, Devon Partnership Trust for the Peninsula Pain Group.
2016 - ‘Mindfulness’, Peninsula School of Anaesthesia, SPR Training Day, Cornwall. 
2017 - ‘The Back Pain Guidance we already have’ South Devon Clinical Commissioning Group.
2019 - Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) National Trainees Conference, Telford, Lecture “5 Key Concepts about Pain”. 
2019 - Launch of e-PAIN Musculoskeletal Module at the Pain Management Program Special Interest Group (SIG) of the British Pain Society Meeting Bristol.
2019 - ‘Pain Management in an electronic age”, Bath Pain Forum. 
2022 - Co-organised a relaunch of the Peninsula Pain Group with Dr Karen Gilmore at Buckfast Conference Centre

Additional information

Veronica Conboy, Carl Edwards, Roberta Ainsworth, Douglas Natusch, Claire Burcham, Buse Danişment, Richard Seymour, Stephanie Larcombe, Irene Tracey, James Kolasinski. Chronic motor impairment in later life is associated with structural and functional alterations in brain regions responsible for movement production and perception. Journal of Physiology, 2021, 6/3/21 accessed, https://doi.org/10.1113/JP281273
Natusch D, Lewis R. How can e-Learning for Healthcare help overcome the opioid epidemic? Open Access Government 2020 ; Accessed 2/10/20
Podcast for RCOA/FPM “Nothing works, the management of complex pain in hospitals” Natusch D, Makins H, Gilmore K, Malpus Z accessed 13/9/20 https://www.rcoa.ac.uk/nothing-works-simplifying-management-complex-pain-hospitalsaccessed 20/1/21
“Why I am rejoining the Association of Anaestheists”. Letter, Anaesthesia News, June 2020. Association of Anaestheists.42
“e-PAIN…new format..new content..looking good?”. Bulletin of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, 118, November 2019;14
“e-PAIN Adapts”, Transmitter, Bulletin of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Spring 2019
“The Hong Kong Exam”, Douglas Natusch. Transmitter (Bulletin of the Faculty of Pain Medicine), Autumn 2018.
“An SBAR for e-PAIN”. Douglas Natusch and Rhian Lewis. Bulletin of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, May 2018, p14.
“A Conversation about e-PAIN” Douglas Natusch & Rhian Lewis. Pain News, The British Pain Society, 2018, Vol16(1), 36-38
“Five Questions about e-PAIN’. Dr Douglas Natusch & Dr Rhian Lewis. Bulletin of the Royal College of Anaesthetists.May 2017,32
“e-PAIN”, Dr Douglas Natusch and Dr Rhian Lewis, Transmitter, Newsletter of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Spring 2017,22-23
@DouglasNatusch “It didn’t hurt, it wasn’t meant to, was it, doctor.” Review of ‘Childbirth without Fear’, Grantley Dick-Read. GlobalVillageMidwives wordpress.comaccessed 19/7/19 https://globalvillagemidwivesdotcom.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/it-didnt-hurt-it-wasnt-meant-to-was-it-doctor/
Natusch D "A Pain and Addiction Clinic, Professional Synergy" e-Publication, Faculty of Pain Medicine, Innovations www.rcoa.ac.ukaccessed 2/2/16
Conboy V, Kolasinski J, Ainsworth R, Natusch D, Stagg C. Changes in Brian structure with chronic massive rotator cuff tear : time to change the way we think?
Abstract presented V. Conboy at British Elbow and Shoulder Society, Nottingham 2014 (poster prize) and at the Istanbul European meeting.
Magides A, Carter S, Day R, Natusch D. Do Preoperative screening questions for pain predict a worse postoperative pain experience? An exploratory audit. Abstract British Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting 2013 - noted for citation by the judges.
Natusch D. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Orthopaedics and Trauma,2012;26(6): 405-408
Natusch D. Equianalgesic Doses of Opioids – their use in clinical practice. British Journal of Pain, 2012;6:43
Waters R, Newton-Cross P, Natusch D. Case Report : Recovery of normal function in two children with chronic distal limb pain in an outpatient setting. Abstract, British Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, 2011
Natusch D. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. ‘Pain Community Centre’ online resource at
http://www.paincommunitycentre.org/ accessed 7/4/11.
Mayell,A, Natusch D. Anosmia, a potential complication of intranasal ketamine.
Anaesthesia2009, 64; 4: 457-458
Stenlake K, Magides A, Natusch D. Opioid Potency Converter (Morphine, Oxycodone, Hydromorphone). Pain News, The British Pain Society 2009;Autumn:52
Natusch D, Knott L, Parker E & Carlisle J. Changes in physical fitness in patients with back pain undertaking groups incorporating an exercise component. Abstract, British Pain Society, Annual Scientific Meeting, 2009
Natusch D, Titford B, Mayall A. Motor Imagery Programming. Continuing Education in Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain. Vol 7(5); October 2007:177
Natusch D I, Magides A D. Opioid Potency Converter (Morphine, Oxycodone, Buprenorphine). Pain News, The British Pain Society 2007; Autumn:31
Natusch D. Criterion Contamination when using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Anaesthesia,2006,609
Natusch D, Magides A. Opioid Potency Converter (Morphine, Oxycodone, Fentanyl). Pain News, The British Pain Society 2005;Spring:9
Natusch D. Why changes occur -what happened to services for patients with back pain in South Devon : Anaesthesia Points West;Vol 38 (2),27-29
Natusch D. A distress/motivation axis. Pain News, The (British) Pain Society 2003;Summer:15
Natusch D. MSc Thesis. The Utility of Mood Rating Scales in Pain Management, University of Wales College of Medicine, 2001
Natusch D, Hunter M, Moores L, Johnson T. Pilot Study of Transcutaneous Spinal Electroanalgesia in chronic back pain. Abstract, (British) Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, 2000
Natusch D, Selby I. A simple chronic pain complexity score. Anaesthesia, 1999,54;11:1121-1122
Clague JE, Jari S, Numushi N, Natusch D, Horan M. Nocturnal Hypoxaemia in patients following femur fracture. Age and Ageing1997;26:3