Guidance

SAS doctor development guide

Download this guide to support the development of specialty and associate specialist (SAS) doctors in the NHS in England.

18 September 2020

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The British Medical Association (BMA), British Dental Association (BDA), Health Education England (HEE), the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and NHS Employers have published this guide to make sure that this important group of doctors remain fit to practice and develop in their careers.

This guide has been updated in line with our actions to support the work of the HEE and NHS Improvement guidance, Maximising the potential: essential measures to support SAS doctors, which sets out how the NHS can better recognise and support SAS doctors to continue to deliver high-quality patient care. It tasks HEE and NHS provider organisations with ensuring that SAS doctors are offered development opportunities linked to service need, their experience and career aspirations.

The development guide has been recently updated and aims to set out in more detail the ways in which employers can help to meet this commitment. Ensuring that SAS doctors receive effective development will benefit patients, employers, and doctors.