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Shape policy for SAS doctors

Staff, associate specialist and specialty doctors have a few more days to volunteer to represent colleagues at a national level. 

UK council chamberThe BMA staff, associate specialist and specialty doctors committee wants to co-opt doctors to attend its meetings and shape policy for SAS doctors.

Doctors from minority or under-represented groups are asked to consider applying, such as specialty doctors, women and those who are new to their SAS careers, or those working in emergency medicine, elderly medicine, paediatrics or radiology.

Berkshire specialty doctor in community sexual and reproductive health Henna Khan (see 'we contribute a lot' below') was a co-optee last year.

She said: ‘This is a great platform to help take part in SAS activity.

‘SAS doctors, especially, have been through so many different experiences and are not always in the “mainstream” of career development.’

Buckinghamshire associate specialist in anaesthesia and pain medicine Hans Mathew (see 'positive experience' below) was co-opted two years ago and described it as ‘a very, very positive experience’.

The closing date for nominations is August 4.

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'Positive exeprience'

Buckinghamshire associate specialist in anaesthesia and pain medicine Hans Mathew was co-opted to the BMA staff, associate specialists and specialty doctors committee two years ago.

Working at the same trust since 1996, Dr Mathew has long played an active role in representing the interests of his SAS colleagues.

He said that joining the SASC had seemed like a natural progression, after serving as a local BMA SAS representative for a number of years, and that he had enjoyed contributing to issues on a national level.

He said: ‘It has been a very, very positive experience. I have been able to get a better understanding of how these committees work and how policies are made.’

Dr Mathew’s involvement in the committee prompted him to contribute to this year’s BMA annual SAS conference.

His call for the Royal College of Psychiatrists to accept SAS doctors as medication supervisors and trainers was backed by the conference.


'We contribute a lot'

Berkshire specialty doctor in community sexual and reproductive health Henna Khan was co-opted last year.

Dr Khan has worked in her trust for 12 years and has been involved in helping junior doctors choose obs and gynae as a specialty. 

She said she has enjoyed having a say on the BMA staff, associate specialists and specialty doctors committee through the co-option scheme.

‘I was very keen and felt very honoured and excited when I joined as a co-optee, as this is a great platform to help take part in SAS activity,’ said Dr Khan.

‘SAS doctors especially have been through so many different experiences and are not always in the “mainstream” of career development.

‘We understand the hurdles and can contribute a lot, so new doctors joining the committee will find it rewarding not only for themselves but others too.’