Emily Hills

Emily Hills Bsc (Hons) is a Clinical Specialised Occupational Therapist. She graduated from Brunel University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science (hons) degree in Occupational Therapy.  Emily has worked for both the NHS and in private settings.

Emily currently works in a level 2, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), within a general hospital.  Here she works with families, preterm babies and babies who have experienced neonatal encephalopathy.

Within this setting Emily leads on developmental care, neurobehavioral and neurodevelopmental assessments and developmental interventions including follow up after discharge.  Emily is passionate about family-centred care and creating the optimal sensory environment for the preterm baby and their family.

Emily has completed both her Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale (NBAS) and Newborn Bheavioural Observation (NBO) certification and is a lecturer for the Brazelton Centre in Great Britain.  She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI).  She has begun her Newborn Individualised Developmental Care Assessment Program (NIDCAP) and is currently undertaking her MSc in Advanced Neonatal Studies at Southampton University.

Emily is an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration (SI) and is a lecturer for the Sensory Integration Network UK and the University of Ulster.  She also leads on the OT-SI intervention clinic, which particularly focuses on early years intervention of the ex-preterm infant.

She has experience working in both mainstream and special school settings and is competent in working with children with a range of disabilities including Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral palsy and sensory processing difficulties.