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SAS Doctors

Updated 1 October 2019

These pages are dedicated to the career development and continuing professional development (CPD) of all Staff 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 2017.

SAS doctor development - summary of resources and further work (pdf, 680 KB)

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)

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)



Application form for developmental coaching/mentoring:

SAS mentoring with Lorna Sands - Application Form (Word, 15 KB)

SAS development fund

Unfortunately there are no longer any funds available at Trust level for SAS development.


Contact us

The administrator for SAS doctors is Aisling Hennessy: