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Job planning meetings
In the New Year, I will be undertaking some job planning meetings in local hospitals to give doctors a few hints and tips when it comes to job planning. The meetings will also highlight the work of the committee and provide an opportunity for local doctors to find out how to get involved. Further details and confirmation of dates and venues will be in my next bog and will also be emailed out to members.
Is the work you do coded to you, or to your consultant?
Some SAS doctors are still reporting that their work is being coded to senior colleagues. It’s been agreed at an all Wales level that that work should be coded to the most senior healthcare professional who is responsible for decision making at the time the entry is made in the medical record. If this is not happening in your area, please raise this with your LNC so that more accurate coding is achieved for SAS doctors across Wales.
Associate Specialist grade
WSASC will be raising the issue of re-opening the Associate Specialist grade with Welsh Government in the New Year. This could be a way of helping to address the high number of consultant vacancies across Wales. We will keep you posted on any progress with this.
WSASC Committee – we need you!
We would like more SAS doctors to get involved in the work of the committee. We currently have vacancies on the committee from the following hospitals Bronglais, Withybush, Wrexham Maelor, Ysbyty Gwynedd and Nevill Hall. This means that SAS doctors’ views from some areas of Wales are not being represented.
WSASC members are required to represent the views and best interests of the SAS body, take part in the decision making process in meetings or in between by email and to enable communication between WSASC and SAS doctors locally. Members of WSASC attend 4 meetings in a session, usually in the BMA Office in Cardiff. A session runs from September until June. Doctors are entitled to time off for trade union duties, so you won’t be expected to use your annual leave to attend meetings. If you are interested in getting involved in the WSASC’s work, or just want to know more please contact Sarah Miller [email protected].