FAQs: SAS doctors contracts

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These frequently asked questions (published in July 2009 and updated in September 2011, February 2013 and again in March 2018) on the specialty and associate specialist (SAS) contracts have been updated in agreement with the British Medical Association (BMA).

The FAQs are divided into the following topics.

1. Contract
2. Structure
3. Assimilation
4. Back pay
5. Ataff grade assimilation
6. Associate specialist assimilation
7. Window of opportunity
8. Associate specialist grade
9. Training
10. CPD
11. Pensions
12. Monitoring
13. Funding
14. New appointments to the specialty doctor grade
15. Assimilation to the associate specialist grade after the initial assimilation exercise

We have published the FAQs in collaboration with the BMA, and any future amendments or updates will be negotiated and agreed between both parties.

Download the frequently asked questions guidance.

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