SAS posts are permanent posts with national terms and conditions and recognised career progression and pay thresholds.
National terms and conditions state that job plans for SAS doctors should include at least one session (4 hours/week) for "Supporting Professional Activities" – this is non-clinical time and should be used for activities such as CPD. This is similar to the consultant job planning process.
See the RCOG page Consultant job planning for guidance on supporting professional activities (SPAs) in the consultant job planning process, summarising the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) recommendations.
NHS Employers guide https://www.nhsemployers.org/pay-pensions-and-reward/medical-staff/sas-doctors/sas-job-planning-guide
BMA guide to job planning for SAS doctors https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/job-planning/job-planning-for-sas/job-planning-sas-doctors
Royal College of Surgeons: Quality indicators for job plans for SAS surgeonshttps://www.rcseng.ac.uk/library-and-publications/rcs-publications/docs/quality-indicators-for-job-plans-for-sas-surgeons
HEE: Securing the Future of the Emergency Department Workforcehttps://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/emergency-medicine/emergency-departments-workforce
HEE: SAS development and retention programme in Emergency medicine https://www.hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/SAS%20retention%20toolkit%20WEB.pdf (PDF)
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