Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Medical Classifier for British Para-swimming
Lead Medical Classifier
British Disability Table Tennis
REPs Level 2 Fitness Instructor Children & Adults
Rachael Hutchinson has already created a legacy across Norfolk and Norwich dedicated to providing a paediatric orthopaedic service to improve the pathways of children with disabilities. This department started in 2008 and 16 years on, it has grown exponentially. Starting with just herself, she now has four consultants covering the Easton region and the Surrounding General Hospitals. The hope here is to ensure that any child, wherever they are, has access to high-quality, specialised expertise in Orthopaedics.
Originally from Norwich, she is a Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon working in the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital where she treats both adults and children. But her career took her around the globe before she settled back in her hometown in 2008. She completed her medical training in Leeds and the majority of her orthopaedic training in Sheffield. In and amongst this, she also did a post-graduate degree in gait analysis and assessment of function. Further to this, Rachael was given fellowships in America and Australia which added to her experience tremendously as it expanded her knowledge when it came to working with children with orthopaedic and neurodisability difficulties.
Over time, Rachael has set up and run regular NHS clinics for patients with cerebral palsy being a part of an experienced multi-disciplinary team at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. She also treats complex foot and ankle problems.
Rachael’s passion is in optimising function in children, whether at elite sport level or with a disability, she feels strongly that all children can improve their physical abilities if they have a good understanding of their own bodies particularly when it comes to their balance of range of motion over strength and control. She feels strongly that all children should have all the opportunities to succeed and have the same experiences in life as anyone else. As a consultant she has become hyper-aware of the lack of fitness opportunities available for the disabled community, especially knowing how important this is, perhaps more so for them than for the able-bodied community. She wants to, and has, changed this.
“Being at Able2B just makes me happy. The atmosphere is such a friendly, supportive place not just for clients but for us as staff too-when I walk in the building my mood just lifts and I don’t want to leave!”
Former Professional Sportsman
British Boxing Board of Control Certified Boxing Coach
Certificate in Instructing Health Related Exercise in Children
Level 2 Health Related Exercise for Children
Weight Management Centre Certificate for Children-safe exercise for overweight & obese