Dr Paul Dawson has been an anaesthetist for over 14 years. After obtaining his first degree in microbiology at Bristol University he worked in clinical laboratories for five years. He then went to study medicine at the University of Southampton. He subsequently trained in anaesthesia at the Wessex School of Anaesthesia and has special interests in acute pain, orthopaedic and obstetric anaesthesia. In the field of orthopaedic anaesthesia he concentrates on shoulder and hip work and is particularly interested in regional anaesthetic techniques to control post-operative pain.