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Staff Grade and Associate Specialist (SAS) Quality Improvement Fellowships 


Health Education England (Wessex) Quality Improvement Fellowships for Staff and Associate Specialists were launched in early 2015. These Fellowships are open to any SAS doctor employed within a Wessex NHS Trust and offer the opportunity to work on specific quality improvement projects in order to address priority areas for improvement and work at systems-level to address variability in quality of care, focusing on care pathways and service redesign.

The programme runs over 12 months and supports Fellows in running a quality improvement project in their own organisation. The programme includes educational support throughout the 12 months, alongside specific learning in quality improvement. All Fellows are required to present their work at the end of the Fellowship.

SAS QI Fellows Close Event

Some of our outgoing 2017/18 SAS QI Fellows with Dr Fleur Kitsell, Head of School, and Healthcare Quality Quest who provided the education programme.

Details on the improvement work undertaken by our Fellows can be found on our QI Project hub.

Recruitment to this Fellowship programme for 2019/20 - applications now closed

Many thanks to those who applied for the 2019/20 SAS QI Fellowship programme. Successful applicants will be contacted directly and we look forward to welcoming them to the programme in April 2019. 

SAS Mental Health Quality Improvement Fellowship 2018/19

HEE Wessex have offered the opportunity for a Wessex SAS doctor, with recent experience of working in psychiatry services, to undertake a 12 month Quality Improvement Fellowship looking at improving physical health for patients with severe mental illness.

Recruitment to this Fellowship took place in May 2018 and the successful applicant started their 12 month Fellowship in September 2018. The successful applicant will receive support and learning in quality improvement for themselves and some team members, alongside 1PA a week backfilled time to undertake the Fellowship. They will present their work and learning in autumn 2019.

Quality Improvement Workshop Days for SAS Doctors

New for 2018 - We have been offering one day workshops on quality improvement methods and how to run an improvement piece of work for SAS doctors across Wessex in 2018. Each workshop has 12 places. Please see further details below:

  • Dates and Location: 21 September 2018 (Southern House, Otterbourne), 29 October 2018 (Marwell Hotel, Hampshire) and on 19 February 2019 on the Isle of Wight 
  • Time: All day (09.00 - 16.30)
  • Cost: Free to attend and fully catered. However, if you book a place and are subsequently unable to attend we ask that you contact us as soon as possible so that your place can be reallocated.
  • For more details: Please see this workshop flyer.
  • To book your place: Please contact


Contact us

If you have any queries about the SAS Wessex programme or wish to find out more please see the SAS doctors dedicated web page.

For queries relating to the quality improvement opportunities for SAS doctors please contact

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