Agreement reached on the Specialty Doctor and Specialist contract

SAS contract reform 2021

NHS Employers and the British Medical Association (BMA) have reached agreement on a proposed three-year deal for a reformed 2021 Specialty Doctor and introduction of new Specialist contract.

The framework agreement follows negotiations between NHS Employers, BMA and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), covering the years from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2024.

The agreement sets out both the changes to pay structures and the terms and conditions of service that the 2021 Specialty Doctor and Specialist contract will adopt. The BMA will be using this agreement to consult with its members and ask them to vote on the proposal in a planned referendum between 22 February and 15 March. 

What do employers need to do next?

NHS Employers is hosting three webinars to go through the agreement, the timeline for implementation and what steps employers need to take next.

SAS contract reform 20201 - summary and implementation webinar

The webinar on 23 February is for employers in the NHS only and will be useful for colleagues at all levels in the medical directorate, HR and medical staffing teams.

The webinars include:

  • a high-level summary of the agreement
  • timeline for implementation
  • next steps that employers need to take to prepare for the implementation of the new contracts.

Book your place and find out more for 23 February webinar.

SAS contract reform 2021 - the new specialist role webinar

Join us on 2 March for an update on the new Specialist role that has been created as part of the SAS contract reform 2021.

This webinar is for employers in the NHS only and will be useful for medical and HR directors and senior NHS colleagues responsible for workforce planning.

The webinar will include:

  • generic responsibilities of a doctor in the grade
  • entry criteria
  • how to appoint to the role
  • why employers should consider creating roles in their own organisation.

Book your place and find out more for 2 March webinar.

Information for SAS doctors

The BMA is hosting roadshows in February specifically for SAS doctors to explain the details of the agreement negotiated for them.

If you are a SAS doctor please book onto one of the events as they are tailored for you. These events are for members and none members.


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