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BMA Q and A: DDRB, workplace satisfaction and training

BMA SASC co-chair Amit Kochhar at conference 2015

BMA staff, associate specialists and specialty doctors committee chair Amit Kochhar answers your questions

What are the implications of the Doctors and Dentists Review Body report on consultant and junior doctor contracts for SAS doctors?

The report highlights the implications of contract reform for SAS doctors, particularly around seven-day services.

It recommends we should have had a chance to contribute to discussions, but we were not invited to join contract talks and have not been asked to input specific evidence.

The BMA maintains that there should be no read-across to the SAS contracts without separate discussions about the specific implications for us.


The SAS workplace satisfaction survey launched last month. What does the committee hope to learn from the responses?

This year’s BMA annual representative meeting saw calls for action on many issues affecting SAS doctors.

The survey allows us to dig deeper and gives all SAS members the chance to air their views on what matters most to them.

It is the first BMA survey aimed specifically at SAS doctors since 2008, so the results will be used to inform policy and annual evidence submissions to the DDRB.


The BMA held SAS training workshops this year. What were the outcomes?

These events were run by the BMA, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, NHS Employers and Health Education England.

They focused on issues including identifying barriers to effective development, opportunities for SAS doctors in leadership roles and sharing local good practice. 

The outcomes will inform future policy and work, including work with the other bodies to review outcomes from the workshops and how to take actions forward.

We will also consider joint guidance around leadership roles and discuss local actions that can be implemented to improve SAS development.


What are the key priorities for the SASC for the rest of the year?

Everything above and more. Recognition is a key area and we are committed to building on the SAS charters to ensure SAS doctors are a valued and vital part of the medical workforce.

The GMC is consulting on proposals for credentialing, to which we will respond. We will also be updating our guidance on autonomous working. See

Members also say they want more practical support with the CESR (certificate of eligibility for specialist registration) process. We are improving the information on the BMA website and we have two CESR seminars coming up, which we run jointly with the GMC.

Previous seminars have proven invaluable to individuals going through the process.

Find out about the next CESR seminar