Opportunity: Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) Doctor’s Lead

Posted 23 August 2017

Date: 23 Aug 2017

Type: FSRH News and Information

This is a Voluntary Role for a two year tenure.

We are pleased to let you know that the FSRH Council has agreed to support a piece of work to identify possible actions to better engage and support SAS SRH doctors in their roles.


SAS doctors make up a large proportion of doctors working within the field of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. They often work in senior roles within their departments and there are many SRH services lead by SAS doctors.

Unlike trainees or Consultants, SAS doctors may not have the same support for career development. SAS doctors are often described as the “back-bone” or “work-horses” of a service, but may not be given recognition for their commitment. When they are ready or want to pursue further training they can be hampered by service obligations, lack of funding or management support.

A joint publication by the Academy of Royal Colleges, BMA, Health Education England and NHS Employers entitled “SAS doctor development – Summary of resources and further work” (2017) highlighted some of the struggles which face SAS doctors, namely; career progression and support from employers, CESR application, recognition and respect of the skills and contribution made to the service in which SAS doctors work and the ongoing stigma surrounding being an SAS doctor.

The deadline to submit your application is Friday 29 September 2017 by 5pm. 

Read the full job description below.

Applications for this role are now closed. Thank you for your interest.