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At this year’s ARM, I shared some uncomfortable truths about the environment that SAS doctors are working in. Important issues were raised such as bullying and harassment, job-planning and autonomous working. We needed to hear them, and we need to hear more about the challenges that SAS doctors face.
For this reason, we have worked with the BMA’s research team to develop a UK-wide survey that will give us evidence on the most important issues that face us. We hope that the results will also provide the SAS committee with evidence for our annual submission to the Doctors and Dentists Review Body, to support ongoing discussions with employers in all four nations on a wide range of issues and will help us to identify needs for further SAS doctor development.
The make-up of our workforce and the environment we are working in is constantly changing and with the last survey for SAS doctors happening in 2008, it is more important than ever that your voices are heard so we can influence the future of your working environment.
It’s already been a great year for casting our cloak of invisibility aside. The renewed SAS doctor charters in England and Scotland give us the recognition we need to deliver the best care to our patients. Job plans with time to research and teach. Support for our learning and development.
Our guidance is helping SAS doctors work safely and autonomously. They are delivering high quality care, bringing down waiting lists and winning recognition for their skills. They know – as we all know – that autonomy is a privilege, not a right.
As we grow more visible, we need others to describe what they see, not what they don’t. We are not non-consultants, we are not non-training grades. A cricketer doesn’t want to be called a non-footballer. There is enough that we do without listing what we don’t, and there is enough that we are to make us feel proud.
So, here we are colleagues. Not middle grades – that term serves no-one; we are not middle of the road. Sometimes, in my case, middle-aged… but SAS doctors and proud, so very proud, to lead and to innovate.
You can complete the survey here. We look forward to hearing from you!
Amit Kochhar, Chair SASC UK.
As the National Chairman of SAS negotiating Committee, I want to thank all SAS doctors for their wonderful contribution to the NHS. Most of them work hard and true workhorses of our NHS. In my own role as Medical Director for over 10 years in two different Trusts, SAS doctors have helped us to reduce waiting time, waiting list and I am indebted to many of them. In Bury NHS Trust two amazing Orthopaedic SAS doctors helped me reduce waiting time in 1998 from 18 months to 11 months within 6 months of my appointment as Medical Director.
NHS must recognise, reward and give autonomy to those SAS doctors who are able and provide excellent care and all patients seen by them should be under their care. Good to see many wonderful SAS leaders. Together let us make NHS safer and better for all patients and staff. In Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh FT, by adopting happy staff – happy patients and by appointing value based leaders and excellent governance and robust staff and patient engagement we have built a strong organisation and SAS doctors are integral part of our organisation and have contributed tremendously to the success of our Trust and I want to thank all of them.
As a student, I have no idea what an SAS doctor is, or what an ARM is... Clicked through to this thinking it would be about doctors in the special forces and leave not much better informed!
Hi, a very good point! A SAS doctor is a staff, associate specialist and specialist doctor. The ARM is the BMA's annual representative meeting — where reps decide policy for the year ahead. Have a look at the links below for more information. Many thanks, Kelly