Scotland SAS committee

The Scotland SAS committee represents staff, associate specialist and specialty doctors working in Scotland. Find out about the committee’s priorities, members, meetings and how to get involved.

Location: Scotland
Audience: SAS doctors
Updated: Tuesday 22 September 2020
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​SSASC (the Scotland SAS committee) represents staff, associate specialists and specialty doctors working in Scotland. It has full delegated authority to negotiate on devolved matters.

Our priorities

The committee is working on a number of matters affecting SAS doctors in Scotland.

Improving the working lives of SAS doctors

SSASC has progressed work with the Scottish Government and NHS Employers in Scotland as part of the Improving SAS Doctors’ Working Lives Group, set up last year to look at the attractiveness of the SAS grade in Scotland. The group’s remit has been broadened to include exploratory discussions on potential changes to the SAS pay and grading structure. The group will continue to explore how to ensure full implementation of the Scottish SAS Charter and has agreed that, as an initial step, a formal communication will be sent to all NHS boards in Scotland, emphasising the need for compliance with the SAS Charter and with a focus on specific priority areas.

SAS doctor training and development

The SAS professional development fund in Scotland provides funding to support SAS doctors in Scotland pursue development and education opportunities. It is overseen by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) - supported by an associate postgraduate dean - and has BMA SAS doctor representation on its programme board, whose function is to provide strategic overview and direction for the SAS development programme, and to act as a decision-making panel to prioritise applications to the fund. There is a network of regional educational advisers, all of whom are SAS doctors, as is the associate postgraduate dean.

SSASC continues to highlight the vast benefits of the fund to SAS doctors in Scotland. 

Read more about the fund

Shape of Training

'Shape of Training' is a UK-wide review into whether changes in postgraduate medical training are required to ensure it continues to meet the needs of patients and health services in future.

The BMA is represented by Lewis Morrison, the chair of Scottish council on the Scottish Shape of Training transition and implementation groups – looking at what the implementation plan may be following the recommendations from the UK-level report of the Shape of Training steering group for Scotland. The BMA is also represented at a UK-wide level.

SASC will continue to monitor any effects on SAS colleagues as the development plan evolves for the workstreams in Scotland.

Credentialing

The GMC are planning to introduce a process of credentialing in 2019 and have consulted on a draft framework with stakeholders, including the BMA. They will now analyse the feedback and refine their proposals in preparation for launch later in the year. SSASC will continue to monitor this work closely and will consider what it means for SAS doctors, with input to BMA representation on the Shape of Training groups.

 

Our people

Chair: Bernie Scott (supernumerary)

Members

Ayrshire and Arran
Rifat R M Mohamed

Borders
Pinky Yadav

Dumfries and Galloway
Sharukh Sami
Deputy: Betsy Jacob

Fife
Fraz Ansari

Forth Valley
Mustafa Shahin

Grampian
Vacant

Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Catriona Forsyth
Morag Gorrie
Iain Fergie

Highland, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland
Vacant

Lanarkshire
Paul Zichu Yang

Lothian
Jennifer Mackenzie 
Darren Yeats

Tayside
Sine Steele

One member appointed by the British Dental Association
John Ho-a-yun

One member elected to the SAS seat on Scottish council (unless already a voting member of SSASC in another capacity)
Thisara Weerasuriya

Non-voting members
Scottish council chair: Lewis Morrison
SAS doctors committee (UK) chair ex officio: TBC
Scottish consultants committee chair (or nominee): TBC
Scottish junior doctors committee nominee: TBC

Those members, resident in Scotland, appointed by the BMA representative body to the UK SASC, unless already a member of the committee in another capacity.

Any SAS doctor elected to a Scotland seat on Scottish council, unless already a member of the committee in another capacity: Sue Robertson.

Co-opted members: TBC

Secretariat
Head of secondary care: Sean Gallimore
Assistant secretary: Scott Anderson
Senior policy executive: Janette Moran
Committee policy executive: Fiona Dawson

Our meetings

SSASC meets four times a year to discuss the latest issues affecting SAS doctors in Scotland. These meetings are open to members of the Scotland SAS committee only, but non-voting BMA members can come along and participate as part of the BMA committee visitors scheme.

Upcoming meetings:

  • Thursday 24 September 2020
  • Tuesday 8 December 2020
  • Thursday 4 March 2021
  • Tuesday 11 May 2021.

Meetings take place either virtually or at:

BMA Scotland
14 Queen Street
Edinburgh
EH2 1LL

 

Elections

Elections to Scotland SAS committee are now closed.

The next elections will take place in 2021.

 

Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the SSASC, email us. ​