Specialty and specialist (SAS) doctors are a group of experienced doctors who can form a significant proportion of the medical workforce in any organisation. The specialist doctor grade was created in 2021, giving SAS doctors the opportunity of career progression. This web section provides employers with useful resources and contract information.
News and highlights
New pay circular for speciality doctors and specialists
Today, we have published Pay and Conditions Circular (M&D) 2/2023. Pay award for specialty doctors and specialists on the 2021 contract.
24 February 2023
Becoming a specialist - a SAS perspective
Rob Fleming provides insights into his journey from specialty doctor to a specialist and encourages all employers to recruit specialty doctors.
20 June 2023
New professional standards for doctors now in place
The General Medical Council (GMC) has published the latest version of its Good Medical Practice guide.
30 January 2024
Recruiting and promoting specialist grade doctors
By recognising doctors who are showing excellence in specialty or locum consultant roles, this trust now has many specialist grade doctors.
2 January 2024
Offer for the SAS doctor workforce in England
The British Medical Association will put the government's offer to its SAS members in England.
18 December 2023
Contract documents and FAQs
Terms and conditions of service for specialty doctors (England) 2021
This document sets out version 2 (June 2022) of the full terms and conditions of service (TCS) for specialty doctors in the 2021 contract.
9 June 2022
Terms and conditions of service for specialist grade (England) 2021
This document sets out version 2 (June 2022) of the full terms and conditions of service (TCS) for doctors in the specialist grade 2021 contract.
9 June 2022
Terms and conditions and resources for SAS contract reform 2021
Guidance and resources for employers to use to help with implementation of the 2021 specialty doctor and specialist grade contracts.
18 March 2021
Specialist grade recruitment and retention FAQ
Access our new FAQ providing advice on applying a recruitment and retention premia to specialist grade doctor posts.
12 June 2023
SAS contract reform 2021 FAQs
These FAQs have been developed to help employers with questions around the implementation of the new specialty doctor and specialist grade contracts.
13 July 2022
Guidance and resources
SAS doctor development guide
Download this guide to support the development of specialty and specialist (SAS) doctors in the NHS in England.
18 September 2020
Negotiating new contracts for doctors through a pandemic
Kathy McLean describes her experience as management side chair for the SAS contract negotiations, which continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
21 April 2021
Resources to help employers and SAS doctors develop an action plan to support the implementation and embedding of the SAS charter.
4 February 2021
FAQs for the 2016 doctors in training contract
Answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding the 2016 doctors in training terms and conditions.
6 February 2024
Medical Training Initiative FAQs
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the processes involved in applications to the MTI scheme.
14 November 2023
SAS - a personal journey
Dr Louise Egan, specialist psychiatrist talks about her journey into the SAS grade.
16 October 2023
SAS Week 2023
Catch up on the SAS Week resources which took place 9-13 October 2023.
13 October 2023