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Staff and Associate Specialists (SAS)

Updated 21 March 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.

A charter for staff and associate specialist and specialty doctors (pdf, 3.4 MB)

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)

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


Contact us

The administrator for SAS doctors is Aisling Hennessy: