The guidance is intended to help SAS doctors and their managers take a collaborative approach to job planning. It aims to align SAS doctors with their consultant colleagues, improve professional development and multidisciplinary team planning.
This guidance has been developed specifically for SAS doctors and their employers. It follows similar guidance produced last year for consultants and their employers.
Many doctors at SAS grades work at a senior level in the NHS and job planning is essential to the work they do.
They work as part of a team to provide experienced, specialist care in often complex cases, and are often involved in teaching, training, researching and developing local services.
This guidance highlights the importance of using the job planning process to align workforce support with activity, and to align the objectives of the individual with those of his or her team and the wider organisation.
Dean Royles, director of the NHS Employers organisation, said:
“Sound planning and employee engagement are fundamental elements of providing high quality patient care.
“SAS doctors work on some incredibly complex cases. Employers want to ensure they have the support and planning they need to do these demanding jobs well. This guidance helps do that.
“We know that SAS doctors are less likely than their colleagues to have appraisals but by improving the job planning process, we can help address this issue.
“We hope this guidance will help to support both employers and staff when they are setting out their priorities and objectives for the year ahead.”
Dr Radhakrishna Shanbhag, Chairman of the BMA's Staff, Associate Specialist and Specialty Doctor Committee, said:
“The guidance recognises that job planning is more than just a timetable and we hope it will help give SAS doctors the opportunity to develop their skills and progress in their careers.
“Many SAS doctors work at a senior level in the NHS often providing complex specialist care. The job planning guidance should help give them the opportunity to work with their employers to improve patient care.”
The guidance will be available to all NHS organisations and doctors working in the NHS throughout the UK. It will also be made available to all university and academic organisations employing SAS doctors. It can be viewed in full here.