A significant number of doctors working within psychiatry are neither consultants nor trainees.
This group of staff is referred to as the Specialty Doctors and Associate Specialists (SAS) group.
In recent years an increasing number of doctors have chosen to become SAS Doctors rather than enter higher specialty training.
Due to the ever-evolving demographic of the senior medical workforce and enforced national contracts, this trend may continue. SAS Doctors play a vital role in service delivery both within the NHS and private sector.
SAS doctors are a diverse group with regards to their level of knowledge, clinical skills, training, performance and needs - both educational and career wise. Many SAS doctors have extensive postgraduate qualifications and are Members and Affiliate members of the College.
A significant number are working clinically at a very senior level and have the expertise and ability to take responsibility for patients themselves, without consultant supervision, under certain circumstances. These circumstances need to be considered and agreed on an individual basis.
Despite not being in a training grade, Specialty doctors are required to actively engage in continued professional development activities (CPD) both internally and externally to their organisations, as defined by the College. Similarly to Consultant Psychiatrists they are subject to annual appraisal reviews and revalidation via the General Medical Council (GMC).
Specialty Doctors’ Committee Representatives
Are you passionate about improving SAS grade recognition and ensuring that development opportunities are presented to Specialty Doctors?
If so, the Specialty Doctors’ Committee needs representatives in the:
- Academic Faculty
- Addictions Faculty
- General Adult Faculty
- Liaison Faculty
- Medical Psychotherapy Faculty
- North West Division
- Old Age Faculty
- Peri-natal Faculty
- South Eastern Division
- South West Division