SAS Anaesthetists – Securing Our Workforce report released

The SAS Anaesthetists – Securing Our Workforce report on the outcomes of the RCoA’s 2016 SAS survey is now available after being released today at the College’s annual Summer Symposium meeting.

The RCoA surveyed the 2,047 UK SAS anaesthetists identified within its 2015 Medical Workforce Census to understand the issues which matter most to them. The intention is to identify actions that can be taken to better engage and support SAS anaesthetists in their roles.  634 responses to the survey were received, representing approximately one-third of the SAS workforce in the UK.

The report provides insight into the benefits and challenges of being an SAS anaesthetist, with training and workforce issues being of particular note.

Working with SAS anaesthetists, the College will continue to address the issues raised in the report.  The SAS Committee at the College now includes representation from each of the devolved nations, and a new Joint Working Party has been established by RCoA President Dr Liam Brennan. The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland and British Medical Association are working closely with the College as part of this group.  The Joint Working Party is currently drafting action plans for each organisation to promote the interests of SAS doctors going forward.

The College thanks Dr Lucy Williams and Dr Kirstin May, RCoA SAS Council Members, for their work in putting this report together.

13 June 2017

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