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Staff Grade, Associate Specialist and Specialty (SAS) Doctors and Dentists


The Staff, Associate Specialist and Specialty (SAS) Doctors and Dentists Development Programme was established in 2012 as a result of Scottish Government funding to develop SAS doctors and dentists working in NHS Scotland. Funding was initially on a three-year project basis but has now been added to NES’s base-line funding.

There are approximately 1300 SAS grade doctors and dentists working in NHS Scotland. They make up about 25% of the senior medical workforce.

The programme aims to direct national funding to those SAS doctors and dentists whose clinical teams are seeking to develop new or improved clinical services, or to enhance their role within the clinical team, and where funding is not otherwise provided by the employing Health Board. If approved, funding is available to support costs for training, salary backfill, or completion of training to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR). In addition, funding has enabled the creation of a national network of Education Advisers (who are themselves SAS doctors or dentists) to support local SAS doctors and dentists, and to guide them (and their employing Health Boards) to make best use of this funding opportunity.


You can find further information on the SAS Development Programme in these useful documents:



The Specialty Doctor contract in 2008 recognised the need for time for appraisal and CPD, and all Specialty contracts should have at least one session of Supporting Professional Activity (SPA) per week to allow time for this.

The GMC has produced CPD guidance for all doctors, emphasising the importance of planning for career progression, patient safety and revalidation.




 SAS Managed Educational Network

Please find below a list of our SAS Education Advisers by health board region


Health Board Region

Education Adviser


 NHS Ayrshire & Arran

 Dr Liza Neville


 NHS Borders

 Ms Victoria Dobie


 NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Dr Susan Robertson


 NHS Fife

 Dr Grant Forrest


 NHS Forth Valley

 Ms Jane Shearer


 NHS Grampian/Orkney & Shetland

 Dr Jamil Ahmed


 NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Dr Jennifer Devine


 NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Dr Morag Gorrie


 NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Dr Anna Hanusiak


 NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

 Dr Jane Wilkinson


 NHS Highland/Western Isles

 Dr Fiona Gibson


 NHS Lanarkshire

Dr Patricia Townsley


 NHS Lothian

Dr Lynne Meekison


 NHS Tayside

 Dr Vinita Shekar



Who can I contact for more information?


NHS Education for Scotland
3rd Floor, 2 Central Quay
89 Hydepark Street
Glasgow, G3 8BW
Tel: 0141 223 1509