Dr Betty Hutchon studied Occupational Therapy in Belfast at the Ulster University and qualified in 1978. After graduation, she continued her studies pursuing very specialised post graduate qualifications in developmental paediatrics. She trained in The Brazelton Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale in Boston and became one of only two Brazelton trainers in the UK in 1998. She also trained in Boston in the Neonatal Individualised Developmental Care Assessment Programme (NIDCAP) and qualified in 1995. In 1999, she trained in Prechtl’s neurological assessment of general movements in Austria and went on to study this technique at an advanced level in Italy, completing several more courses and also running training courses on this neurological assessment at Cambridge University. In the last few years her studies have included certification in the Newborn Behavioural Observation (NBO) and qualifying as an NBO tutor in Boston 2009.
Betty is head of paediatric Occupational Therapy for the Royal Free Hospital and the London borough of Camden. In addition, she is a Consultant Neurodevelopmental Therapist for the North Central London Perinatal Network covering University College London Hospital (UCLH) and several other large London teaching hospitals. She is an honorary lecturer at the Institute of Child Health in University College London (UCL), teaches child development and developmental assessment in the medical school and has collaborated with the world renowned Bobath Centre for Cerebral Palsy in London and has taught their early assessment and early intervention course for the past 17 years.