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The Specialist, Associate Specialist and Specialty (SAS) Doctors and Dentists Development Programme was established in 2012 as a result of Scottish Government funding to develop SAS doctors and dentists working in NHS Scotland. Funding was initially on a three-year project basis but has now been added to NES’s baseline funding.

There are approximately 1250 SAS grade doctors and dentists working in NHS Scotland. They make up about 10% of the senior medical workforce.

The programme aims to direct national funding to those SAS doctors and dentists whose clinical teams are seeking to develop new or improved clinical services, or to enhance their role within the clinical team, and where funding is not otherwise provided by the employing Health Board. If approved, funding is available to support costs for training, salary backfill, or completion of training to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR). In addition, funding has enabled the creation of a national network of Education Advisers (who are themselves SAS doctors or dentists) to support local SAS doctors and dentists, and to guide them (and their employing Health Boards) to make best use of this funding opportunity.

You can find further information on the SAS Development Programme in these useful documents: 

The Specialty Doctor contract recognises 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.

The BMA has produced a charter for Scottish SAS, produced in conjunction with NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, formally outlining the rights and responsibilities of SAS doctors and dentists. They also have a webpage on SAS payscales in Scotland.

BMA SAS members have voted in support of a new SAS contract for Scotland, as negotiated by the BMA. The local LNC (local negotiating committee) and BMA team will be working with the board to take this forward - here are the links for the information which is available to date, as well as the recording of the webinar about the new contract:

Details of the new contract SAS contract negotiations (bma.org.uk)

Bernie Scott, Chair of BMA SSASC Blog Members back new SAS contracts (home.blog)



Dr Lynne Meekison is Associate Postgraduate Dean and Operational Lead for the SAS Programme

Contact: Lynne.Meekison@nhs.scot

SAS Managed Educational Network

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

Please contact SASDevelopment@nes.scot.nhs.uk if you cannot reach your EA, or if you are in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde where you will be assigned one of our three local EAs.

Health Board Region

Education Adviser


 NHS Ayrshire & Arran

 Dr Mithun Barik


 NHS Borders

 Dr Pinky Yadav


 NHS Dumfries & Galloway

 Dr Shona Donaldson


 NHS Fife

 Dr Gemma Falconer


 NHS Forth Valley

 Ms Emma Sinton


 NHS Grampian, Orkney & Shetland

 Dr Graham Wilson


 NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

 Dr Gary Manson


 NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde & Golden Jubilee

 Dr Linda Stephen


 NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

 Dr Mun Woo


 NHS Highland & Western Isles

 Dr Clare Livingston


 NHS Lanarkshire & State Hospital

 Dr Patricia Townsley


 NHS Lothian & NSS

 Dr Lynne Meekison


 NHS Tayside

 Mrs Vinita Shekar


Who can I contact for more information?

Philip Smith, Senior SAS Programme Officer

 Julie Aveling, SAS Programme Officer

NHS Education for Scotland
1st Floor, 102 West Port
Edinburgh, EH3 9DN

(please note that NES staff are currently working from home – to contact please email)

(Please note that NES staff are currently working from home – to contact please email)


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