About the Specialist Assessment Service

Who we are…

We are a team of specialists working for the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. The members of team include a Clinical Lead, Clinical Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, an Educational Psychologist, a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, a Learning Disability Nurse, Consultant Paediatricians, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Administrative staff.


Further Information about the service and what will happen at an assessment can be found on the documents below.

Clinical Lead

Shirley Heatherington has led this service for 15 years. She has over 30 years experience of working in the NHS; originally as a Speech and Language Therapist. Within this service, Shirley’s role is to lead and manage the team and to work with parents and carers if there are any difficulties before or during the assessment process. Shirley’s role includes ensuring the team has the resources it needs to provide a quality service and working in a coordinated way with key partners across Solihull’s Children’s Services.

Shirley is an active member of the SEND Partnership Board and it is notable that she is hugely respected by professionals across the system, both as a clinical expert and also for her leadership and determination to improve outcomes for children and young people. Shirley is solution focused and her approach is always honest and open; developing trusting relationships with parents and colleagues.  Shirley is open to challenge and willing to consider any options that may lead to improvement of the services she manages, her dogged determination has supported the Commissioner to ensure that additional funding was agreed to increase resources for the Specialist Assessment Service.

Appraisal comments received in 2019

For more information about staff roles in the Specialist Assessment Service Autism Assessment Team click here.

For more information about staff roles in the Specialist Assessment Service Complex Medical Needs Team click here.



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