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COVID-19 Resources for SAS

This page is offered specifically to provide informational and learning resources for SAS doctors and dentists in NHS Scotland around the COVID-19 pandemic, including redeployment provisions and personal wellbeing and resilience. It will be updated as more resources are made available.

Your local SAS Education Adviser may have limited availability currently, so please contact Lynne.Meekison@nes.scot.nhs.uk and/or SASDevelopment@nes.scot.nhs.uk for any queries or issues that the SAS Development Programme may be able to assist with, such as wellbeing, training, and working provisions.

We are currently running a series of short webinars for SAS doctors and dentists - please see our Training Calendar page for more details.


General information

The Scotland Deanery COVID-19 web section has a variety of useful documents and FAQs concerning training provisions, leave, revalidation and temporary return to work.

NHS Education for Scotland materials on a variety of topics around COVID-19 are available on Turas Learn. Some specific pages of relevance are also highlighted in links below.

For SAS doctors, the GMC have a dedicated COVID-19 web section with topics including ethical practice, support for the profession, and revalidation.

For SAS dentists, the GDC also have a dedicated COVID-19 web section, with topics including regulation, professional judgement and achieving CPD requirements.


Working patterns and redeployment

The SAS Development team have produced a checklist for NHS Health Boards' induction of SAS that have been temporarily redeployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here to view the SAS induction checklist for temporary COVID-19 redeployment.

BMA Scotland guidance for consultants and SAS doctors: changing working patterns in response to the COVID-19 emergency (27 March 2020)


Wellbeing and resilience

Please see NHS Education for Scotland's dedicated Turas Learn webpage on mental health and wellbeing support for staff.

The BMA counselling and peer support for doctors features a phone helpline and online support options.

Alternatively, there is also a new phone & text support service for frontline NHS staff across the UK:

  • A free wellbeing support helpline on 0300 131 7000, operated by the Samaritans charity and available from 7.00am – 11.00pm seven days a week, providing confidential listening from trained professionals and specialist advice - including coaching, bereavement care, mental health and financial help. NHS staff can call for support, signposting and confidential listening.
  • A 24/7 text alternative to the above helpline operated by the charity Shout - NHS staff can simply text FRONTLINE to 85258.

We also would like to highlight the Turas Learn COVID-19 pages on palliative and end-of-life care and death and bereavement care. These cover guidance on self-care and communicating with colleagues in these contexts, as well as interactions with patients and their relatives.

This page was last updated on: 09.09.2020 at 09.51