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SAS Training Calendar


 If you would like further information on any course on the SAS training calendar, please contact SAS Development.


GMC led CESR workshop Friday 8th November, 2019 NES Offices, 102 West Port, Edinburgh

email if interested - Portal booking to open soon

GMC Professionalism workshop (including leadership & management) TBC TBC email if interested
Court Experience TBC TBC email if interested
Quality Improvement workshop Friday 10th January, 2020 TBC (Central Belt) email if interested - Portal booking to open soon
FDA LaMP (Leadership & Management programme)


Wednesday 6th November 2019 (workshop 1)

and Wednesday 4th March 2020 (workshop 2)

Please note you must attend both workshops to complete this course




Apex Haymarket, Edinburgh





November/March Edinburgh course now fully booked - new dates to follow

Forth Valley Simulation Centre courses (various)

Various (see website)

Clinical Simulation Centre, Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert

See https://scschf.org/courses/ for course options; email us to say which you're interested in and we can book on your behalf (if approved)



A note on Portal booking

Our Portal events and courses are set to be browseable and bookable only for those users set to the SAS-specific account role.

If you are having trouble booking, please ensure that when you open your 'Account Settings' (button on the top-left of your Portal screen), underneath the 'Your Account Category' section, your Account Role is set to 'Specialty Doctor/Associate Specialist'. Please note that you may want to change your Account Role back if (to give some examples) you are a dentist, psychiatrist or paediatrician and wish to view and book any non-SAS courses related to those roles.

If you would rather not change your Portal account role, please email us at SASDevelopment@nes.scot.nhs.uk and we will be able to book you onto any SAS course/event with places remaining, regardless of your settings.

For problems registering with Portal or other technical issues, please contact the support team at portal@nes.scot.nhs.uk.


Local days - for SAS in regional health boards

The SAS Development Programme support a number of local events for education and networking, specifically for SAS within their regional health boards. Information will be provided through your regional Education Adviser. 


NHS Tayside & Fife

4th October 2019

Dundee (exact location tbc)

Not yet open for bookings

NHS Grampian, Orkney & Shetland

7th October 2019

Forest Grove House, Aberdeen

Click here to book a place via NES Portal

NHS Ayrshire & Arran

15th November 2019


Not yet open for bookings

NHS Highland

25th November 2019

Centre for Health Science, Inverness

Not yet open for bookings

NHS Lothian

31st January 2020

Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

Not yet open for bookings


Scottish National SAS Conference 2020: Save the Date

Edinburgh - venue to be confirmed

Thursday 26th March, 2020

A tailored event designed by SAS especially for SAS.


Details of the 2020 conference will follow later in the year.


Scottish National SAS Conference 2019 programme:

9.00am - 9.30am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.30am - 10.00am

Welcome and SAS Programme Update

Dr Lynne Meekison

SAS Associate Postgraduate Dean

10.00am – 10.45am

Medics Against Violence

Mr Tom Berry

Co-Director and Vice-Chair, Medics Against Violence

10.45am – 11.00am

What is a Schwartz Round?

Jocelyn Cornwall

Chief Executive, Point of Care Foundation

11.00am – 11.15am

Refreshment break

11.15am – 11.45am

Supporting a Profession Under Pressure

Nicola Cotter

Interim Head of Scotland Office, GMC

11.45am – 12.45pm



1) Understanding Your Pension & Financial Needs as a SAS Doctor or Dentist (Chase de Vere) 

2) How to Land Your Plane on the Hudson, Rachael Bell (Dento-Legal Adviser, MDDUS) 

3) Assertiveness at work: Understanding yourself and saying 'no' with a smile, Scott Anderson (Assistant Secretary, British Medical Association)

4) Raising Concerns about Patient Safety, Nicola Cotter (Interim Head of Scotland Office, GMC) 

5) The Early Years: Top Tips for New SAS Doctors and Dentists, Dr Sue Robertson & Dr Liza Neville  

12.45pm – 1.45pm


1.45pm – 2.30pm

Demystifying Litigation

Richard J Pugh

The Faculty of Advocates

2.30pm – 3.30pm



1) Financial Planning for Retirement (Affinity Connect)

2) Impact of Brexit Decisions on the Medical Workforce, Nicola While (Europe Public Affairs Manager, GMC) and representation from the BMA 

3) Assertiveness at work: Understanding yourself and saying 'no' with a smile, Scott Anderson (Assistant Secretary, British Medical Association)

4) How to Make Your Job Plan Work for You, Dr Sue Robertson

5) Schwartz Rounds, Jocelyn Cornwell (Chief Executive, Point of Care Foundation)  

3.30pm – 3.45pm

Refreshment break

3.45pm – 4.30pm

What is Compassionate Care?

Professor John Gillies   

4.30pm – 4.40pm

The Future for SAS in NHS Scotland

Dr Lynne Meekison

SAS Associate Postgraduate Dean


Networking opportunity & refreshments