Mr Richard Pickard

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
BM, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Practising at

Spire Harpenden Hospital

Spire Thames Valley Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Richard Pickard at Spire include:


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Professional profile

Mr Pickard is a Consultant Spinal Surgeon who specialises in the management of back pain and neck pain, as well as nerve pain related to these conditions.

Richard believes in minimal intervention to treat spinal conditions, where appropriate. He works closely with physiotherapists, pain specialists and other health professionals to optimise patients’ treatment prior to undertaking any surgical procedures. Time is taken to explain things clearly enabling patients to make informed decisions.

His practice encompasses all aspects of spinal surgery.

He completed his training as a spinal surgeon at the world leading spinal centre in Oxford, undertaking a prestigious 1 year advanced spinal fellowship giving comprehensive training in all aspects of cutting edge spinal surgery. This was followed by a further year as a Spinal Consultant in Oxford.

Mr Pickard is a Consultant Spinal Surgeon at Frimley Health Foundation Trust and the regional lead of the Thames Valley Spine Network. He is a member of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons and the Spine Society of Europe

Mr Pickard teaches on spinal training programs throughout the country and is referred patients for spinal opinions from across the UK. He has published extensively and presented papers both nationally and internationally.

Mr Pickard provided trauma and spinal surgical support to the British Forces holding the rank of Surgeon Commander. He was 1 of 2 British Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeons and the sole spinal surgeon deployed to camp Bastion Afghanistan.

Clinical Interests

Spinal surgery
Lumbar spine disorders

Special Clinical Interests: Back pain and neck pain; minimally invasive spinal surgery; degenerative conditions of the lumbar; cervical and thoracic spine; spinal fusion; spinal decompression; discectomy/microdiscectomy; spinal stenosis; sciatica; vertebroplasty; kyphoplasty.

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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

British Association of Spinal Surgeons
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Spine Society of Europe

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon, Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Personal Profile

Richard is married to Alison, a GP, and has 3 young children and 2 springer spaniels. He enjoys spending time with his family as well as sailing, cycling, skiing and cooking. 

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Private contact details

Telephone 0800 585 112
Private secretary Suzanne Johnson
Private secretary telephone 0789 929 0622
Private secretary email