Staff Associate Specialists And Specialty Doctors Committee

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SAS doctor survey

Key survey findings

In 2015, SASC UK undertook a workplace survey of SAS doctors. The key findings highlighted a number of key findings.

SAS development

  • 93 per cent of doctors had an appraisal during the previous 12 months, yet 32.6 per cent say they did not have time to prepare for it.
  • 74 per cent reported that they were working autonomously.
  • 35 per cent had the opportunity to undertake educational supervisor duties.
  • 24 per cent of those surveyed said that they were appraisers either of doctors in training, consultants or fellow SAS doctors.

Work pressures

  • 61 per cent of respondents reported having an up to date job plan
  • 74 per cent have had to work more hours than in their job plan in the past year
  • 75 per cent of respondents reported having to give up SPA time in order to fulfil clinical duties

Bullying and harassment

  • 35 per cent of SAS doctors taking part in the survey said that they have been victims of bullying, harassment or victimisation in the workplace at least once in the previous 12 months.
  • 58 per cent who had been victims of bullying, harassment or victimisation claimed to have not reported the incident.

Future of the SAS grade

  • 27 per cent either intend to become a consultant or apply for CESR in the next 5 years.
  • 27 per cent intend to retire or leave medicine completely in the next 5 years.
  • 45 per cent of respondents would not recommend a SAS grade career to colleagues.
SASC pie charts


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