Dr Haycock graduated from St Mary's Hospital (Imperial College) in 1999 and completed his specialist training in the North West Thames region in 2010. His specialist interests include colonoscopy and therapeutic endoscopy, and his research interest is on improving the quality of endoscopic training.
He completed an MD at St Mark's Hospital in 2010 on quality assurance of endoscopy training. This included investigating and developing some novel techniques for assessing and evaluating training processes, including the use of advanced virtual reality simulation for colonoscopy. He has peer-reviewed publications arising from this research and has been invited to speak at both national and international meetings on the topic.
He is an international member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and part of a multinational working group to establish consensus guidelines for the use of simulation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. He completed a teaching degree in 2011 leading to accreditation with the Higher Education Academy.