Deanna Gibbs

  • NBO Trainer
  • Profession – Occupational Therapy
  • Current Role – Research Consultant for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, Barts Health NHS
  • Trainer Since – November 2014
  • Why I love being a trainer – “Being involved in training is a wonderful opportunity to share with other professionals the richness of a baby’s language and how it can be used to strengthen parent-infant relationships.”

I am the Research Consultant for nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals and co-director of children’s research at Barts Health NHS Trust, and a visiting senior research fellow at City, University of London. I graduated as an occupational therapist from the University of Sydney, and have worked predominantly in acute paediatric settings, with a specific focus in neonatal intensive care. I have worked across a variety of acute paediatric settings in Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

I completed my PhD at the University of South Australia in 2012. My research explored parenting occupations in neonatal intensive care. I am a senior trainer for The Brazelton Centre UK. I am also the international representative on the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board.

In 2018, I was awarded a Merit Award from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists UK in recognition of my contribution to neonatal occupational therapy.