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: Monday 12 July 2021
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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.

New SAS contract

In March 2021, we have resumed discussions with the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland employers on SAS contract reform in Scotland.

Stay up to date on the contract negotiations

Improving the working lives of SAS doctors

SSASC progressed work with the Scottish Government and NHS Employers in Scotland as part of the Improving SAS Doctors’ Working Lives Group, set up to look at the attractiveness of the SAS grade in Scotland. The group explores how to ensure full implementation of the Scottish SAS Charter and all NHS boards in Scotland have been reminded of the need for compliance with the SAS Charter, with a focus on specific priority areas such as job planning and clinical coding. NHS boards were asked to ensure that by the end of 2019 they had processes in place to ensure that when SAS doctors have overall responsibility for patients, that this is accurately recorded under the name of the individual SAS doctor through clinical coding.

The focus has now moved to contract negotiations for Scottish SAS doctors.

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

 

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
Prerana Rao

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.

Meeting dates:

  • Thursday 30 September 2021
  • Wednesday 1 December 2021
  • Tuesday 8 February 2022
  • Wednesday 4 May 2022

Meetings are currently held virtually or at, depending on BMA and government advice:

BMA Scotland
14 Queen Street
Edinburgh
EH2 1LL

 

How to join SSASC

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 SSASC, these are:

Local negotiating committees
  • Seats/term - every year, LNCs elect 14 representatives for a one-session term. Seats are distributed evenly between boards based on the number of SAS doctors employed in the board area. Where no nominations are received via this route, direct elections will be held.

Contact your local negotiating committee

Direct elections
  • Seats/term - every year, elections for two seats on SSASC take place for a one-session term.
  • Timeline - elections are usually held in July or August.
  • Eligibility - all SAS doctors who are members, and working in an NHS special health board or an island health board, 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

Local negotiating committees 2021 to 2022

SSASC is holding elections for the following seats from LNCs for a one-session term:

  • one SAS doctor employed by NHS Highland
  • one SAS doctor employed by NHS Grampian. 

Eligibility

To stand or vote in this election, you must:

  • be an SAS doctor and BMA member
  • work in one of the specified NHS health boards
  • have a BMA online account.

Nominations and casting your vote

  • Nominations - from 9am on Monday 5 July 2021 to 12pm on Friday 23 July 2021.
  • Ballot - from 1pm on Friday 23 July 2021 to 12pm on Friday 6 August 2021.

 

Direct elections 2021 to 2022

SSASC is holding elections for the following seats for a one-session term:

  • two SAS doctors employed by an island board or a special board in Scotland. 

No more than one member can be elected from any one health board. 

Eligibility

To stand or vote in this election, you must:

  • be an SAS doctor and BMA member
  • work in an NHS special health board or an island health board in Scotland
  • have a BMA online account.

Nominations and casting your vote

  • Nominations - from 9am on Monday 5 July 2021 to 12pm on Friday 23 July 2021.
  • Ballot - from 1pm on Friday 23 July 2021 to 12pm on Friday 6 August 2021.

Read our guide on how to use our online system for elections

Take part in the election

Results

Results for both elections will be announced from Monday 9 August 2021 on the election portal.

If you have any questions about these elections, please email us

 

Get in touch

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