Access keys used on this site are:
Have you tried our A to Z Section?
Health Education England - Wessex is committed to the
personal and professional development of SAS
doctors in our region.
We recognise that the careers of
SAS doctors do not stand still. While
SAS doctors are clinically able, and tend to keep
up to date in their discipline, they need real support to be
trained to take on additional roles and reach their full
HEE Wessex was the first UK local
office to appoint an Associate Dean for SAS
Doctors and we are proud to continue this supportive tradition.
Since 2008 deaneries (now local offices) have had the
responsibility, on behalf of the Department of Health, to
allocate SAS development funds to trusts.
The role of HEE Wessex is to
support SAS Tutors within each trust, monitor the
quality of educational experience and provide general
guidance. It is the responsibility of the employing trusts to
direct SAS doctors towards appropriate development
activities and to make the necessary funds and time available for
them to do so.
can I find out more?
Every trust within Wessex has a dedicated
SAS tutor. These are all SAS
doctors themselves, and they are generally paid one session to
carry out this part of their role.
Each has knowledge of the opportunities open
to SAS doctors, and can provide you with information
as to the funds received by your trust, and of local training
For any HEE Wessex
SAS doctor finding their professional
circumstances particularly challenging, or perhaps seeing an
opportunity they would like to explore, our first recommendations
is that they talk with their tutor.
Health Education England
- Wessex ensures equality of resource allocation and
access to professional skills training. Each trust is allocated a
sum of money for an SAS
Clinical Tutor for one session per week.
There is a central budget to support regional
training days and some expenses for local training days. As
SAS development has changed with significantly
reduced funding from HEE, the scope of training activity has
widened to include translational clinical topics delivered around
Wessex as regional ‘Up Date’ days.
Under the new Specialty Doctor contract,
SAS doctor are encouraged to take up leadership
and management roles to progress through seniority payment
thresholds. There is some evidence of increased involvement, but
many SAS struggle to find new opportunities. Whether it
is resistance on the part of SAS
doctors to see a need to develop leadership or management skills,
or an organisation under pressure that it struggles to think
of ways to creatively and effectively use SAS
Doctors, Health Education England - Wessex has a role to
guide and to promote.
At HEE Wessex we have set expectations that in
receiving the SAS development funds, trusts have a
responsibility to ensure that the SAS
doctors really are getting involved in training. It is our belief
that there is much untapped potential amongst SAS
doctors though there is no simple prescription.
Health Education England - Wessex is
committed to long-term collaboration with SAS
doctors and trusts at this time of great change within the
and medical roles in particular.
Quality Improvement Fellowship is in its second year, run by the
Wessex School of Quality Improvement and delivered by Healthcare
Quality Quest (HQQ).
The fellowship is over one year, with
central contact days, and on line support from HQQ. Fellows are encouraged to
work with their Trust teams to deliver their project.
our HEE Wessex Quality Improvement pages for more
This year nine SAS
doctors are being supported to develop their teaching and training
skills in a subject in which they have expertise and interest.
They will deliver training over Wessex to a
multi-disciplinary audience, and they are supported by back fill
You will find the Specialty
Trainer Directory in this document (pdf)
This programme recruits volunteers from all
staff groups in the NHS, who are awarded a Fellowship.
This involves a six month placement with
an overseas partner in a resource poor setting.
For further information
click here to go to the Leadership Academy website
Peter Hockey, Deputy Dean, has strategic
responsibility for SAS
doctors in HEE Wessex
Karen Mounce, Training Programme Director,
Julie Worthington firstname.lastname@example.org;
A note to our visitors
You'll keep being notified until you click the “Accept” button