Northern Ireland SAS committee

The Northern Ireland SAS committee represents all staff, associate specialist and specialty doctors working in Northern Ireland, and handles issues including contracts, the SAS charter and the career development proposal.

Location: Northern Ireland
Audience: SAS doctors
Last reviewed: 23 February 2022
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​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.


Our priorities

  • 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:

SAS charter

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.


Our people

Chair: Leanne Davison, Belfast Trust

Deputy co-chairs:
Emma Stiby (SAS education, training and development)
Siobhan Quinn (SAS negotiations, terms and conditions, and SAS charter implementation).

Executive subcommittee

NISASC has an executive subcommittee which co-ordinates its strategic approach to policy issues, acts as a core negotiating body for the SASC in Northern Ireland, and is another link between NISASC and the regional LNC forum. It also considers and, where appropriate, acts upon urgent matters referred to it between meetings of the NISASC.


Belfast Trust
Dr Robert Ernest Boggs
Dr Leanne Breige Sinead Davison
Dr Siobhan Rosemarie Quinn
Dr Emma Katherine Stiby

Northern Trust
Dr Gerard Krystowski
Mr Haussam Elenin

South Eastern Trust
Dr Andrew Derek Ronald Kerr

Southern Trust
Dr Mark John Feenan
Dr Clodagh Corrigan

Western Trust
Dr Nuala Ann Cavanagh
Dr Shirin Belle Vasanth

Our meetings

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.

Meeting dates:

  • 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

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: 

Direct elections
  • 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 BMA 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.