Specialty and Associate Specialists (SAS)
The BOA believes that meeting the professional development needs of our SAS colleagues is essential at both an organisational and individual level. Sustaining good quality services for NHS patients requires all surgeons to remain up to date with advances in trauma and orthopaedic surgery and this is as relevant for SAS as those in training or at consultant level.British Orthopaedic Association and SAS Career Development Position Statement
We recognise Specialty & Associate Specialist (SAS) surgeons or Locally-Employed Doctors (LEDs) will have distinct needs for career and educational support specific to their situation.
We are building a resource to assist with SAS career development and will be developing and adding T&O specific resources to these pages on a regular basis. If there are resources that you would find helpful in developing your career we would love to hear from you at [email protected].
Useful Links and Resources
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Contracts and Jobs Planning
This guidance covers the terms and conditions of the SAS doctors 2008 contracts, for all nations, and of the 2021 specialty doctor and specialist contracts.
The new 2021 specialist contract presents new career opportunities for SAS grade doctors. Read the BMA guidance.
From recording your activities to managing conversations in your job plan review, our guidance and Dr Diary app helps you to stay on top of your job plan, guiding you through the process.
The SAS charter was created by the BMA and NHS employers to help SAS doctors with their development and provide opportunities in their workplace.
Guidance from The Royal College of Surgeons of England SAS Committee. Quality indicators for job plans for SAS surgeons.
The Committee will consider issues and provide coordination of educational and advisory activity in areas to support career development.
Curriculum, Exams and Courses
This resource contains the curricula documents for specialty training in trauma and orthopaedic surgery.
The eLogbook has been developed in close co-operation with the Specialty Associations to provide a whole of life service to surgeons of whatever specialty. It will build up a complete record of your work, it will inform appraisals, it can contain a record of your CPD and shortly it will be able to provide reports in support of re-validation and re-certification.
The JCIE is responsible, in line with the statutory requirements of the GMC Postgraduate Board, to the four surgical Royal Colleges of Great Britain and Ireland, for the supervision of standards, policies, Regulations and professional conduct of the Specialty Fellowship Examinations.
Our online SAS Professional Development Programme is designed to maximise the untapped potential of this valuable group and help you develop professionally and personally.
Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR)
The Joint Committee on Surgical Training and GMC have produced guidance documents for both the previous and current version of the T&O curriculum.
This document provides guidance and information on the CESR requirements for applicants in surgical specialties.
The RCSEd website has further guidance and resources supporting SAS grade surgeons
The Royal College of Surgeons of Englang’s SAS committee works to represent all SAS grade surgeons and is committed to supporting their career progression.
Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) doctors are a diverse group, ranging from doctors/dentists with 4 years’ experience to senior doctors/dentists practising independently.
The GMC outreach team works across the UK to improve understanding of their guidance. They explain how their processes work and promote their standards. They also collaborate with the service to understand the issues faced at local level.