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New Guide for Specialty and Associate Specialist Doctor Development

A new guidance on the development of Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) doctors in the NHS has been published by the Health Education England (HEE) along with the British Medical Association (BMA), NHS Employers and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) on 22nd February 2017.

The new guidance has been developed to help ensure that SAS doctors are supported to remain fit to practice and develop in their careers. SAS doctors are a diverse group with a wide range of skills, experience, and specialties. SAS doctors include specialty doctors, staff grades, associate specialists and a number of other career grades. This new guide for SAS explains:

  • How different groups can work together to ensure best practice is consistently applied.
  • Actions that can be taken to guarantee that best practice are applied in the development of SAS doctors and dentists.

In 2016, NHS Employers ran four regional workshops in partnership with the BMA, HEE, and the AoMRC for SAS doctors in Leeds, Birmingham, Taunton and London. The workshops focused on a range of subjects including certificate of eligibility for specialist registration, identifying barriers and solutions to effective development credentialing, and opportunities for SAS doctors in leadership roles.

The new guidance is useful for anyone involved in the development of SAS doctors, such as employers, HEE’s local team and SAS doctors themselves and the medical royal colleges. The guide contains specific sections for:

  • Medical Directors
  • Medical Staffing Teams
  • NHS Boards
  • SAS Doctors

You can download the new SAS Development Guide from here.

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