Specialty and specialist doctors (SAS)
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
Supporting employers to appoint specialist doctors
The BMA and NHS Employers are working in partnership to support and encourage NHS organisations to appoint specialist doctors.
28 July 2022
Promoting the SAS advocate role
Read our joint statement with the BMA to encourage employers to promote the SAS advocate role.
28 July 2022
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
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
Pay scales for 2023/24
NHS terms and conditions annual, hourly and HCAS pay values scales for 2023/24
2 May 2023
Nursing and midwifery national job profile review - evidence report
The NHS Staff Council’s Job Evaluation Group evidence report on national job profiles (band 4 and above) for nursing and midwifery.
30 May 2023