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Supporting Specialty Doctors

How NES is supporting the training and development needs of Staff Grade, Associate Specialist and Specialty (SAS) doctors and dentists

SAS doctors and dentists work across Scotland in a wide range of secondary care specialties. There are approximately 1300 SAS doctors and dentists in Scotland.

The new Specialty Doctor contract in 2008 recognised the need for time for appraisal and CPD, and all Specialty contracts should have at least one session of Supporting Professional Activity (SPA) per week to allow time for this.

The GMC has produced CPD guidance for all doctors, emphasising the importance of planning for career progression, patient safety and revalidation.

How NES is planning to support SAS doctors and dentists

NES is supporting a major project to improve professional development for SAS doctors and dentists. A network of SAS Educational Advisers is currently being recruited who will provide supporting information concerning the project to SAS doctors and dentists and the mandatory requirements when submitting applications to the SAS Professional Development Fund. Applicants should develop their bids in conjunction with their Clinical Director and Director of Medical Education and evidence how their bid for personal development will benefit their role, the Service they support and ultimately the patient at the conclusion of training. NES can also help with access to our generic courses.

Please find below a copy of our Project Brochure

SAS Brochure


SAS Managed Educational Network

Please find below a list of our SAS Educational Advisers by health board region

Health Board RegionEducational AdviserContact
NHS Borders Ms Victoria Dobie contact
NHS Lothian Dr Lynne Meekison contact
NHS Grampian/Orkney & Shetland Dr Sally Winning contact
NHS Highland/Western Isles Vacancy contact
NHS Tayside Dr Vinita Shekar contact
NHS Ayrshire & Arran Dr Liza Neville contact
NHS Dumfries & Galloway Dr Susan Robertson contact
NHS Forth Valley Ms Jane Shearer contact
NHS Lanarkshire

Dr Patricia Townsley

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Dr Morag Gorrie

Dr Jennifer Devine

Dr Anna Hanusiak

Dr Jane Wilkinson

NHS Fife

Dr Grant Forrest



Who can I contact for further information?

We will be regularly updating this page to keep you informed of progress, particularly the application process.  In the meantime,if you have any questions, you can contact the SAS Project Office

Gill Campbell

SAS Project Officer

NHS Education for Scotland

3rd Floor, 2 Central Quay

89 Hydepark Street

Glasgow, G3 8BW

Telephone Number: 0141 223 1509