Applying for SAS Development Funds

Please find the Development Fund application forms linked below.  Please note that on completion of event/activity for which funding is approved for, you must submit a completed evaluation/feedback form to HEE Thames Valley to help guide the future administration of this fund and to help to ensure the successful development of SAS doctors in the region.

Application form link (individual)

Evaluation form link (individual)

Applications must ensure they have fully utilised their Trust study leave budget before applying.  Please ensure the application is clear and concise, printed/typed.  Retrospective applications will not be considered.  All applications must be signed by the Clinical Director and SAS Lead for the Trust.  Please include as much information as possible to support your application.

Application form link (To host an Event)

Evaluation form link (Event)

Please ensure that as much information is included as possible to support the application, including a breakdown of costs, and a programme if available.  Applicants must specify whether their course will be open to SAS Doctors across the region.  If so, please ensure the flyer/programme is sent to HEE for distribution.

How are SAS funds allocated?

Health Education England Thames Valley ensures equality of resource allocation and access to professional skills training.  Each trust is allocated a sum of money for an SAS Clinical Tutor for one session per week.

There is a central budget to support regional training days and some expenses for local training days.  As SAS development has changed with significantly reduced funding from HEE, the scope of training activity has widened to include translational clinical topics delivered around Thames Valley as regional “Up Date” days.

Under the new Speciality Doctor contract, SAS doctors are encouraged to take up leadership and management roles to progress through seniority payment thresholds.  There is some evidence of increased involvement, but many SAS struggle to find new opportunities.  Whether it is resistance on the part of SAS doctors to see a need to develop leadership or management skills, or an organisation under pressure that it struggles to think of ways to creatively and effectively use SAS Doctors, Health Education England Thames Valle has a role to guide and to promote.

At HEE Thames Valley we have set expectation that trusts have a responsibility to ensure that the SAS doctors really are getting involved in training.  It is our belief that there is much untapped potential amongst SAS doctors though there is no simple prescription.

Health Education England Thames is committed to long-term collaboration with SAS doctors and trusts at this time of great change within the NHS and medical roles in particular.