SAS Doctors (Specialty Doctors and Associate Specialists) previously known as Staff Grade and Associate Specialist Doctors (SAS Doctors) are experienced and senior Career Grade Doctors working within the NHS. They work across all specialties, both in clinical and non-clinical areas. By tradition they have had a high level of service commitment. Training has not been part of the SAS doctor contract. Unfortunately all too often Continuing Professional Development (CPD) has been ignored as well.
Health Education East Midlands, by appointing an Associate Dean for SAS Doctors, has demonstrated that it recognises that CPD and some exposure to specialist education is an integral part of each SAS Doctor's development. A network of SAS Tutors has been set up across the East Midlands and these Leads have the responsibility for promoting the education for SAS Doctors within their respective Trusts. HEEM has also recognised the need to develop in partnership with Trusts and SAS doctors an educational CPD strategy to support future SAS doctor development. A copy of this strategy can be downloaded here.
HEEM runs an annual SAS Doctors Conference in January.
In 2008 the Department of Health allocated funds to support SAS development nationally. HEEM opted to devolve funds to each Trust on a per capita basis (based on census data from 2006). The reason for the this decision was based on a number of factors including delays in recruiting APD to post and receiving the allocated funds from the SHA in August 2008. However in principle there was a consensus that Trusts across the East Midlands were better placed to channel the funding to SAS doctors to support ongoing professional development.
The funding has been recurrent to date and in 2009/10 HEEM received a further £827,000, the majority of this allocation has again been devolved to Trusts. HEEM has provided Trusts with guidelines on how to utilise the SAS development funding.
HEEM Guidelines for utilising funding to support SAS doctor development
CPD Strategy for SAS Doctors
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SAS Development and The Role of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges - Professor Sir Neil Douglas
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The Role of a SAS Tutor - Manu Mathews
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Supporting Professional Development for SAS Doctors - Orlando Hampton
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Specialist and GP Certification - Process and Information - Caroline Strickland
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Appraisal Fit for Revalidation - Anthea Mowat
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SAS Update Workshops - Conference News
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