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

Scottish Government and NES are supporting a major educational programme to improve professional development for SAS doctors and dentists. A network of SAS Educational Advisers has been recruited to provide advice and support to SAS doctors and dentists, and the mandatory requirements when submitting applications to the SAS Development Fund.  Applicants should develop their bids in conjunction with their Clinical Director and Director of Medical Education and evidence how their bid for development will benefit their role, the clinical service they work in and ultimately the patients they care for. 

Please find information on the SAS Development Programme's structure and governance here.

There are approximately 1250 SAS doctors and dentists work across NHS Scotland in a wide range of specialties.

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.


For more information on how the programme works please see our SAS Development Programme Brochure 


 SAS Managed Educational Network

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


Health Board Region Educational Adviser Contact
 NHS Borders  Ms Victoria Dobie  contact
 NHS Lothian  Dr Lynne Meekison  contact
 NHS Grampian/Orkney & Shetland  Recruiting  contact
 NHS Highland/Western Isles  Dr Fiona Gibson  contact
 NHS Tayside  Dr Vinita Shekar  contact
 NHS Ayrshire & Arran  Dr Liza Neville  contact
 NHS Dumfries & Galloway  Dr Susan Robertson  contact
 NHS Forth Valley  Ms Jane Shearer  contact
 NHS Lanarkshire

 Dr Patricia Townsley

 NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

 Dr Morag Gorrie

 Dr Jennifer Devine

 Dr Anna Hanusiak

 Dr Jane Wilkinson

 NHS Fife

 Dr Grant Forrest



Who can I contact for further information? 

Nicola Armstrong

NHS Education for Scotland

3rd Floor, 2 Central Quay

89 Hydepark Street

Glasgow, G3 8BW

Telephone Number: 0141 223 1509