Many doctors choose to become SAS doctors for the greater flexibility and better work life balance the role can offer. The roles of SAS doctors vary and the SAS grade has changed through the years. They are acknowledged as an important and valued part of the ophthalmic workforce.
- Some doctors have gained Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) and are now consultants
- Others have chosen to stay as SAS doctors working under consultant supervision in the multidisciplinary team
- Some, depending on experience, work autonomously in their departments
- SAS doctors can perform intraocular surgery, laser treatments, work in subspecialist as well as general clinics
- SAS doctors can perform appraisals, educational roles, research, be clinical audit or governance leads and, with relevant training, can become a clinical lead or director
SAS doctors are welcome to become a fellow or member of the RCOphth, as well as an affiliate member if preferred – take advantage of membership benefits, register for CPD and e-Portfolio which is very helpful to provide supporting evidence for appraisal, together with CPD certificates. Read more about the value of becoming a member of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
Read the report from Health Education England and NHS Improvement on Maximising the Potential: essential measures to support SAS doctors