Support for Specialty Doctors and Associate Specialists (SAS Doctors)
East Cheshire NHS Trust is centred on a district general hospital located in Macclesfield and has the reputation of providing an excellent working environment for the medical staff. Macclesfield is a nice little town with very good state schools as well as private schools and is a perfect place for family living.
The SAS doctors who are keen to pursue their career through CESR are well supported and guided through the whole process of their applications. The trust has a dedicated SAS CPD section for e-learning on the Learning Hub, which can be accessed through the Library and Knowledge Services webpage both on and offsite using personalised log in at https://www.eastcheshirenhslibrary.net/sas.html.
Health Education England North West (HEENW) provides an SAS Development Fund each year, which may be applied to by individual doctors to support the continuing development (e.g. attendance at courses, conferences, or part-funding towards new qualifications), or by trusts to support running courses. Such courses may be developed locally or provided by experienced external companies. Such courses cover topics including communication skills, human factors, leadership, appraisal, reflective writing, complaints handling, medico-legal issues, time management, and more.
At Macclesfield Hospital, recent courses have included Human Factors, Serious Incident Investigations, Leading Service Development, Career Progression for SAS Doctors, Interpersonal Skills, Taking Clinical Responsibility & Autonomy, Medico-Legal Skills, and Core Management & Legal Skills.
Feedback from the Taking Clinical Responsibility & Autonomy course said that this course left them “feeling more confident,” that they would have “Greater engagement with senior clinicians and departmental management to influence changes in service delivery,” and that they would “Know whom to talk to to implement ideas.”
Feedback from the Career Development for SAS Doctors course said that the course “Improved motivation to demonstrate leadership role in smaller projects related to service development,” “I have since taken up the role of organising training for ENT and Orthopaedic team involved in cross-covering on calls in the handling of nasoendoscopes,” and that it has “Useful information for appraisal.”
Feedback from the Human Factors course said “thank you for this enjoyable course,” and that it was “very informative and giving practical ideas to minimise mistakes at work and practical life.”
Dr Mandira Hazra, SAS Lead
Catherine Rimmer, SAS Administrator
tel: 01625 661170