Specialty and associate specialist (SAS) doctors work at various career grades in hospitals and form an integral part of the UK’s medical workforce.
They perform key service roles within the NHS and carry out a wide range of surgical care on the ward, in the outpatient clinic and in the operating theatre.
The Royal College of Surgeons’ SAS committee works to represent all SAS grade surgeons and is committed to supporting their career progression.
A rewarding career
A recent survey published by the General Medical Council underscored the challenges SAS surgeons face in their working lives. The results found that many SAS doctors were made to feel excluded and were not given the right opportunity to develop their career.
Responding to the survey, Dr Vinita Shekar, Chair of the RCS’s SAS Forum said: ‘SAS and LE doctors must be given access to equal opportunities in the profession, so they can achieve their full professional potential and enjoy a rewarding career.’
This section will help you assess whether you want to become an SAS surgeon, how to enter these posts and how you can arrange your career progression once you have done so.
Benefits of RCS membership
As a member of the RCS, you will enjoy exclusive access to professional development events, courses and webinars.
There are different ways to become a member of the RCS, depending on your career stage. Find out more about our membership benefits and follow the instructions to join at the link below.