BSc (Hons), MSc (Hons) Psychopathology, is a Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist and Partner at Forensic Psychology Practice Ltd. He qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1981 and is a Registered and Chartered Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council, the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a Full Member of Division of Clinical Psychology. He holds a Post Graduate NHS management qualification and was a member of the Institute of Health Service Managers. He completed the NHS Advanced Leadership Management Training in 2002. In 2003 Mr Hutchinson was awarded an Associate Professorship for his pioneering international work, publications and conference presentations about Snoezelen and Multisensory Activity between 1987 and 2003. Mr Hutchinson has completed training in Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Neurolinguistic Programming and is a Master NLP Practitioner. Mr Hutchinson is a certificated EFT and TFT Practitioner. In his former position as the Clinical Director of a large NHS Intellectual disability service Mr Hutchinson developed and managed a neuropsychological rehabilitation service for people with traumatic brain injury and developed and management a community based forensic service for high risk mentally disordered offenders. He has worked with a range of client groups (Intellectual Disability, Developmental Paediatrics, Adult Mental, Health, Neuro-developmental Disorder, Neuro-psychological Rehabilitation, and Forensic Risk Assessment and Management).
He jointly developed and delivered a specialist regional pain service for people with a cognitive impairment (including dementia) and he was invited to present at the World Pain Congress in Vancouver in 1996. Mr Hutchinson was a member of the team that planned and managed the building of a specialist NHS hospital resource for people with an Intellectual Disability that included an internationally recognised Snoezelen centre. The clinical team won the Mental Health Team of the Year award in 2003.
Since joining FPP Ltd, he has continued to work with Children, Young People, Adults, and Older Adults in both the NHS and Independent Provider sectors. He has provided a Clinical Lead for a therapeutic social care service provider that delivers extra care housing and therapeutic support for both male and female adults whom present a risk to themselves and others as a consequence of sexualised or violent offending behaviour arising as a consequence of severe mental health difficulty, personality disorder, neuropsychological or cognitive impairment. He provides the clinical lead for an organisation that has developed a model of emergency therapeutic respite support for young people (aged 10 to 16 years) whom are experiencing placement breakdown (family, foster, adoptive) as a consequence of challenging, criminal or violent behaviour, or Child Sexual exploitation. A paper was delivered about this service at a national psychology conference in September 2018. He has delivered conference presentations and seminars internationally in the areas of multi-sensory activity, autism, and service design and has authored and co-authored a number of publications related to service design and Community Care, Multisensory Activity and Snoezelen, Intellectual Disability, Management of Forensic Risk, Autism, Pain, and most recently the Assessment of Fitness to Plead and Capacity.
He has undertaken over 1000 expert witness reports related to Safeguarding and Family Proceedings, Capacity, other criminal and civil matters, and on behalf of the NHS Litigation Authority. Mr Hutchinson has provided expert testimony in Magistrates, County, and High Court; Parole Boards and Tribunals; the Court or Protection and the Appeal Court. He has a specialist interest in differential diagnosis of psychological ill health in children and adults; the reliability and validity of screening assessments for psychological difficulties, neuro-development assessment (ADHD, ASD, DAMP) in children, young people and adults; disability and the long term psychological consequences of medical negligence; the management of severely challenging behaviour in young people, parenting and Intellectual Disability, and the management of forensic risk in less restrictive settings.