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SAS Doctors and Dentists

These pages are dedicated to the career development and continuing professional development (CPD) of all Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) doctors working within the Oxford University Hospitals.

Until recently there has been little formal career stucture for this group of doctors, however, with the publication of recent documents such as the Charter and Maximising the Potential, things are starting to change.

General documents

A charter for SAS doctors was produced by the British Medical Association (BMA), NHS Employers (NHSE), Health Education England (HEE) and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) in 2014, setting out what SAS doctors can expect from their employers and what employers can expect of them.

An SAS doctor development guide was produced by the BMA, NHSE, HEE and the AoMRC in 2020.

SAS doctor development - summary of resources and further work

Maximising the Potential was produced by the BMA, NHSE, HEE, AoMRC, NHS Improvement (NHSI) and provider organisations in February 2019 to provide guidance on what the NHS should be doing to support SAS doctors.

Maximising the Potential: essential measures to support SAS doctors (pdf, 1.4 MB)

SAS Induction Checklist (pdf, 61 KB)

The GMC produced a working paper (March 2019) entitled:

What do we know about Staff and Associate Specialist and Locally Employed Doctors? (pdf, 1.9 MB)

The GMC commissioned research about disproportionality in reporting of fitness to practice concerns to the GMC among certain groups of doctors, including SAS doctors, and looked at how to reduce this (June 2019):

Fair to refer? Reducing disproportionality in fitness to practise concerns reported to the GMC (pdf, 1.8 MB)

The RCPCH produced a report on SAS doctors working in child health based on the 2017 census (May 2019):

2017 workforce census: focus onSpecialty, Associate Specialist and Staff Grade doctors (pdf, 286 KB)

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges SAS web page has links to several useful papers.

SAS doctors -

GMC SAS and LED survey 2019

Specialty, associate specialist and locally employed doctors workplace experiences survey: initial findings report (pdf)

Full results of the 2019 survey with breakdown by area and specialty can be seen using the online reporting tool.

Autonomous practice

BMA guidance on autonomous practice:

Guidance template for the development of autonomous practice for SAS doctors and dentists (pdf, 242 KB)

Autonomous practice application form (application starts on page 9):

SAS Medical Autonomous Practice Privileges Procedure (pdf, 408 KB)



The previous mentoring scheme is no longer available, but we are looking for ways to provide access to mentoring for SAS doctors.

If you are interested in receiving or providing coaching/mentoring, please contact the SAS tutor.

SAS development fund

All SAS doctors are entitled to an annual study leave budget from their department according to the OUH study leave policy. This is currently around £400 per year.

If you have exhausted this, the local SAS development fund can meet expenses up to £400. To apply, please use the form at the link below.

Application for SAS Development Fund (for SAS doctors only) (Word, 119 KB)

HEE provides some funds for SAS development that are managed at the regional level. This covers provision of courses open to all SAS in the region, as well as a bursary scheme for individual funding for costs over £400.

There are calls for bursary applications two to three times per year, which can assist with the costs of suitable developmental opportunities in excess of your Trust study leave budget, including study for postgraduate qualifications.

Information about courses and bursary calls are circulated by email to all registered SAS doctors and dentists.

Contact us

Your SAS tutor is Miss Helen Jones.


The SAS administrator is Aisling Hennessy.


Last reviewed:07 November 2022