Betty Hutchon



Betty qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1978 at the Ulster University and is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists  

Betty was awarded a Doctor of Science by Ulster University in July 2016 for her work in neurodevelopment and pioneering work in the follow up of preterm infants and infants with HIE, having previously completed to masters level Research Design and Statistics at the University of East London.

She is also a Consultant Neurodevelopmental Therapist for University College London Hospital and an honorary Lecturer at the Institute of Child Health in University College London (UCL).


Over the past 3 decades Betty’s work has focused on preterm infants and neurodevelopmental follow up, with particular interest in the early identification of neurological and developmental difficulties in order to target evidence based interventions.

who specialises in developmental assessment.


Betty is the national and international trainer for the Bayley III and has been teaching and training psychologists, neonatologists, paediatricians and therapists on the Bayley-III for the past 14 years and before that taught the Bayley Scales of Infant Development - Second Edition (BSID-II) for ten years. This role has taken her all over the world including Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, USA, China, Qatar, UAE, and Malaysia as well as practically all of Europe. Betty advises on research projects using the Bayley and consults and collaborates with researchers from all around the world.  She co-led the UK Bayley III project with Pearsons and Cambridge University to collect British and Irish data on the Bayley III. She has written much of the Bayley III UK manual published in 2010. Betty is currently working on bayley 4 with Pearson in San Antonio, Texas.


In 1997 Betty set up, with Dr Joanna Hawthorne, the Brazelton Centre UK – a registered charity. Betty is one of 2 master trainers in the UK in the Brazelton scale (NBAS – neonatal behavioural assessment scale) as well as being lead for training in the NBO (newborn behavioural observation) for the UK.


Betty has completed extensive training in Prechtl’s GM and her follow-up study of preterm infants using Prechtl's General Movements assessment and the Bayley Scales of Infant Development II was awarded first prize from ‘Research with Children’ at Great Ormond St Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, London.


She is also co-author of the highly successful Baby Course - ‘Early Assessment & Intervention for Babies & Young Children’. Since co-writing the course content for this 6 day course Betty has trained more than 1000 physiotherapists, occupational therapists and doctors throughout the world in early assessment and intervention.


Betty has been awarded three outstanding Achievement Awards during her time at the Royal Free.  She has recently been the recipient of the Pioneering Award in Neonatal Therapy presented by NANT (National Association of neonatal therapists (USA).

Betty was invited by Action Cerebral Palsy to give evidence on the early identification of cerebral palsy at a special select committee in the Houses of Parliament. Betty’s contribution is documented in the final report published in 2015.


Betty was part of a highly expert team of professionals and academics who worked on the NICE guidelines for developmental follow up of preterm infants published in 2017. The guideline is available to view on –

Betty was part of the small team of professionals and academics who wrote the practice guidelines for neonatal OT published in 2017 by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.  


Betty has presented at many international conferences including the European Academy of Childhood Disability, and WAIMH (World Association Infant Mental Health) in June 2014, May 2016 and May 2018 in Rome.

Betty’ has been involved in The Peacock PLOS ONE study and the paper is now available (open access) at


Betty is currently working on a new project focused on evidence based and effective interventions for high risk infants. To learn more about this approach visit:

To download the latest developmental leaflets which Betty and her team have written for parents visit –


The Article: ‘Early intervention programmes for infants at high risk of abnormal neurodevelopmental outcome’ is now published in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology.


Betty’s profile is listed on the Pearson website under ‘Meet the experts’ section  –

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