SAS joint negotiating committee


The Joint Negotiating Committee (SAS) employers team negotiates with the British Medical Association (BMA) on the current contract for specialty doctors and maintains the contracts for the closed SAS grades.

JNC (SAS) is temporarily on hold whilst negotiations take place for SAS contract reform. SAS contract reform is being negotiated by separate team of employer representatives. We are planning for the joint proposals to come into effect from April 2021.

Through reform we aim to attract and retain SAS doctors, and create contracts that are attractive for employers to adopt and offer doctors fulfilling careers with opportunity for progression. Further aims of reform include:

  • The opening of a national senior grade to improve career progression for senior and experienced doctors. 
  • Providing opportunity for expertise gained outside of the formal training pathway to be recognised thereby offering flexible career progression. 
  • Improving morale of SAS doctors by appropriately recognising and rewarding SAS doctors’ skills and experience. 
  • Modernise contracts to facilitate the provision of high-quality care that meets the needs of patients.

We will keep employers informed at key milestones throughout the negotiations process.

If you would like to be involved email: 

Joint Negotiating Committee (SAS) membership


Job title


Dawn Sullivan

Deputy Director of People & OD

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Sue Hughes HR Medical Staffing Manager Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Heather Hayden Head of Medical Staffing Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Wendy Brewer Director of Workforce & Organisational Development West London Mental Health Trust
Derek Thomas Head of Medical Workforce
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

The Scottish Government, Health and Community Care, Welsh Assembly Government, Department of Health and Social Care and Public Safety (Northern Ireland) are also represented.


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