Get Involved - Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) Doctor’s Lead

Posted 8 November 2019

Date: 08 Nov 2019

Type: FSRH News and Information

This opportunity is open to FSRH members who are GMC registered doctors interested in getting involved in the work of FSRH.

We are pleased to let you know that the FSRH has a voluntary position open for a member to help us identify possible actions to better engage and support SAS SRH doctors in their roles. This role is a co-opted member of FSRH's Council. 


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. FSRH created this role to help increase our support for SAS doctors. 

Read a blog written by Dr Nicky Morgan our current  FSRH SAS Lead sitting on Council to represent SAS doctors in the SRH workforce.

 The deadline to submit your application is Monday 9 December 2019 by 9am.  Please apply using our online form

Read the full role description below.