SAS doctors


This page contains information on staff, specialty and associate specialist (SAS) doctors.

It comprises the national terms and conditions of service and pay arrangements for the various SAS grades, frequently asked questions, information on job planning, and information on the development of SAS doctors. It also contains the SAS Charter and information about the SAS joint negotiating committee.

Hospital doctors

What are SAS doctors?

New contracts for specialty and associate specialist (SAS) doctors were introduced from 1 April 2008 and a new 'specialty doctor' grade introduced. The grade subsumes other grades such as trust grade, clinical medical officer, hospital practitioner and clinical assistant.

SAS contract reform 2021

SAS contract reform 2021

This page contains information on the negotiations to revise the specialty doctor grade and introduce a new senior SAS grade.

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SAS development

SAS doctors and dentists are a diverse group with a wide range of skills, experience, and specialties. Investing in development will inevitably better equip these doctors to meet the needs of the service and improve patient care.

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SAS Charter

The charter for specialty and associate specialist (SAS) doctors sets out what SAS doctors can expect from their employers and what employers can expect of them.

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Old terms and conditions

This page contains documents outlining the archived terms and conditions for NHS Hospital Medical and Dental Staff and Doctors in Public Health Medicine and the Community Health Service (England and Wales).


Job planning

This guide explains the key principles that should characterise a collaborative approach to the job planning process for SAS doctors


SAS joint negotiating committee

This page contains information on the Joint Negotiating Committee for SAS doctors

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