Cumbria SAS doctor initiative commended by the British Medical Association

The new professional development programme for Speciality and Associate Specialist (SAS) doctors in north Cumbria has been nationally recognised by the British Medical Association.

Earlier this summer Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and North Cumbria Universitys NHS Trust joined together to form a single continuous professional development programme for SAS doctors across the two Trusts.

An SAS doctor is a fully qualified doctor with four years postgraduate experience working in a specific field such as psychiatry or obstetrics and gynaecology. Being an SAS doctor offers a satisfying and alternative career to general practice or consultant posts.

Dr Amit Kochhar, chair of the Specialty and Associate Specialist Doctor Committee of the British Medical Association, has welcomed the innovative and collaborative approach and suggested that adding a similar approach across the country could reap various benefits.

Dr Sam Dearman, Director of Medical Education for CPFT said: “It is very pleasing that our collaborative SAS development programme is working well and receiving local and national interest.”

“I hope it is a good example that has an understanding of medical development ‎at its heart that recognises why valuing SAS doctors is so important, and realises that joint work between trusts produces something better than we could do alone.’

The programme is credited to the hard work, good planning, design and leadership shown by SAS leads and medical education teams across the two trusts.