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The Royal College of Ophthalmologists welcomes the agreement on the new SAS contracts

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists welcomes the contract reforms approval and introduction of the new ‘specialist grade’.  Specialty and Associated Specialists doctors account for 30% of the ophthalmic workforce and are exceptionally important in the development and delivery of care in the Hospital Eye Service. The new contract will provide an opportunity for career progression

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Ophthalmology Local Training Programme

In recognition of the ongoing challenges facing the ophthalmology workforce, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has developed an Ophthalmology Local Training Programme. This is to encourage trusts and hospital eye units to develop non-numbered training posts for trust-appointed specialty ophthalmologist doctors, (staff grade, associate specialist and specialty doctors (SAS) to work and train in a

GMC survey on treatment affecting SAS doctors mirrors results of RCOphth SAS Survey in 2017

A survey released today, 9 January, by the GMC has found that many SAS and LE doctors experience rudeness, incivility, belittling and humiliation, in the workplace. The survey found that 30% of SAS doctors and 23% of their LE counterparts had been bullied, undermined or harassed at work in the last year, either by colleagues or

Health Education England and NHS Improvement outline key recommendations to support SAS doctors

Health Education England and NHS Improvement have published their report, “Maximising the Potential: essential measures to support SAS doctors”, making recommendations to support the career development of SAS doctors. It is hoped that through implementation of the shared commitments in the report the healthcare community will work to create and provide opportunities for SAS doctors

Position statement on the Associate Specialist grade

In April 2008 the ‘associate specialist’ (AS) grade was closed and succeeded by the new ‘specialty doctor’ grade. Over recent years there have been calls from the British Medical Association (BMA)1 and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC)2 to reopen the AS grade. The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) works directly with the Staff