SAS doctors are a diverse group with a wide range of skills, experience, and specialties.
The personal development needs of doctors are a vital part of sustaining good quality services to patients and ensuring doctors are up to date and fit to practice. Ensuring that SAS doctors receive effective development will benefit patient safety and employers, as well as the individual doctor.
The British Medical Association (BMA), Health Education England (HEE), the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (The Academy) and NHS Employers (NHSE) have worked together to produce this guidance on the development of specialty and associate specialist (SAS) doctors in the NHS in England, to help ensure that this important group of doctors are helped to remain fit to practice and develop in their careers.
This guide describes actions that can be taken to ensure that best practice is applied in the development of SAS doctors and dentists, and how different groups can work together to ensure best practice is consistently applied.
SAS doctor development guide
This information is intended for new Associate Specialists and Specialty Doctors, however those on the old Associate Specialist and Staff Grade contract could also consider developing a portfolio for personal evidence of their work experience.
A portfolio is a file for storing information about your clinical work and your professional development, which is referenced in schedule 15 of the TCS.
It can be an invaluable tool, for not only threshold progression throughout the new SAS grade and the Specialty Doctor Grades, but also for the rest of your career.
It will also provide the evidence necessary for the GMC revalidation process, which all doctors in the UK now have to undergo to continue to practice medicine.
What is a portfolio?
Details of the purpose of a portfolio and what you should include in it and tips and practical points to ensure your portfolio is fit for purpose.
What is a portfolio? (sign in to access)
The BMJ portfolio tool is a flexible and easy to use online tool that allows you to track CPD and CME points for appraisal and revalidation, store evidence of learning actions, and record past, current and future planned activities.
A free online portfolio tool (for BMA members, sign in to access)
Other ePortfolios can be currently used by SAS doctors include: