NISASC (the Northern Ireland staff, associate specialist and specialty doctors committee) is a standing committee of the BMA, representing all SAS doctors working in Northern Ireland. Its remit is to consider and act on matters affecting SAS doctors, including contractual matters.
Some of the external groups and bodies we liaise with on behalf of SAS doctors in Northern Ireland include the:
- General Medical Council
- DoH (Department of Health) NI workforce policy directorate
- DoH SAS charter review team
- HSC NI trusts.
- Work with key stakeholders to ensure implementation of the new specialty doctor and specialist contracts
- Engage with key stakeholders to implement NISAS charter.
- Take forward the recommendations of the NISASC career development proposal.
- Represent SAS doctors in Northern Ireland to ensure their voices are heard.
We also promote the policies of the UK SAS doctors committee:
The Northern Ireland SAS charter sets out the responsibilities of SAS doctors and their employers, providing a commitment to support and enable SAS doctors to realise their potential to deliver the best patient care and contribute fully to health services. It was developed by NISASC in collaboration with the DoH (Department of Health) in Northern Ireland and the HSC Trusts to help advance the careers of those working in this grade.
The charter recognises the pivotal role SAS doctors hold in the delivery of high-quality care and the significant contribution they make not only to patient care, but in leadership, education, research and governance. SAS doctors bring experiences and specialist care, possess individual and often highly specialised skills, and undertake broader roles through activities such as teaching and audit.
We continue to work in partnership with Trusts and DoH NI to ensure that the charter is implemented throughout Trusts for the benefit of SAS doctors and patients.
If you have any questions in relation to the NI SAS charter, please email us.
Career development proposal
NISASC is committed to developing the role of SAS doctors as a valued and integral part of the medical workforce in Northern Ireland. We have been focusing on the SAS career development proposal to help improve opportunities for training and development, information sharing and educational networking.
The career development proposal recommends:
- a SAS lead: BMA Northern Ireland recommends that each trust appoints a SAS doctor with specific responsibilities for the development of SAS doctors in their trust. This role should take account of each trust’s business objectives and report to the medical director
- resources: each trust should identify adequate resources to support the work of the SAS lead
- an associate dean: we recommend that an associate postgraduate dean/regional coordinator for SAS doctors is appointed and funded by the Department of Health to deliver quality management and enhancement for CPD for SAS doctors on a regional level
- associate specialists: we recommend that the associate specialist grade is reopened subject to the NI 2008 contractual terms for associate specialists.
Chair: Leanne Davison, Belfast Trust
Emma Stiby (SAS education, training and development)
Siobhan Quinn (SAS negotiations, terms and conditions, and SAS charter implementation).
Dr Robert Ernest Boggs
Dr Leanne Breige Sinead Davison
Dr Siobhan Rosemarie Quinn
Dr Emma Katherine Stiby
Dr Gerard Krystowski
Mr Haussam Elenin
South Eastern Trust
Dr Andrew Derek Ronald Kerr
Dr Mark John Feenan
Dr Clodagh Corrigan
Dr Nuala Ann Cavanagh
Dr Shirin Belle Vasanth
We hold four meetings a year to discuss the latest issues affecting SAS doctors in Northern Ireland. Only committee members may participate in votes on NISASC business, but SAS doctors who are BMA members are welcome to attend in a non-voting capacity as part of the BMA committee visitor scheme.
- Thursday 16 September 2021
- Thursday 9 December 2021
- Wednesday 9 March 2022
- Tuesday 14 June 2022
All meetings take place either virtually or in our new offices (address TBC).
For more information email us or call 028 9026 9658.
How to join NISASC
There are many advantages to becoming involved in our committees. You can actively influence BMA policy-making and negotiations, represent your colleagues' voices and develop your leadership skills.
Each committee has a few routes to becoming an elected member. In the case of NISASC, this is:
- Seats/term – every three years, elections for 12 seats on NISASC take place for a three-session term.
- Timeline - elections are usually held in July or August.
- Eligibility - all SAS doctors who are members, and working in a Northern Ireland health and social care trust are eligible to stand and vote in this election.
The election section below is kept up to date with details about any running elections, so make sure you keep checking it throughout the year.
Elections to the Northern Ireland staff associate specialist and specialty doctors committee are closed.
The next elections will take place in 2023.
Get in touch
If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the NISASC or want to tell us what our priorities should be, email us.