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SAS in Emergency Medicine

Job Reference: 415-MP389-19

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust - Medical & Dental
415 Med Staff Accident & Emergency : 01801
£39,060 to £72,840 pa

SAS (Specialty and Associate Specialist) doctors in Emergency Medicine

Are you looking to balance a great job with a fantastic lifestyle? If so, why not join us at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust where you can have the best of both worlds.

We see approximately 45,000 patients in our ED each year and currently this is supported by five WTE consultants, eight SAS doctors and a further ten doctors on the junior rota drawn from training and non-training posts. The nursing team is fully established and includes Emergency Nurse Practitioners, some of whom are non-medical prescribers.

We are looking for senior doctors in emergency medicine to join our SAS (Specialty and Associate Specialist) tier. A full time post attracts 10 PAs which comprises 8.5 PAs of clinical shop floor time and 1.5 PAs for CPD and other supporting professional activities.

A further PA per week of non-clinical time could be negotiated for doctors wishing to pursue a specialist interest of benefit to the department such as research, Medical Education, a Quality Improvement Project, or time in another Emergency Medicine sub-specialty.

The rota is annualised and is calculated to incorporate annual leave and Bank Holiday allowances. This provides great flexibility as doctors know how many clinical PAs they need to work in a year and can work these shifts in a variety of patterns including, with sufficient notice, taking career breaks to pursue other interests both within and outside medicine, promoting good work-life balance.

Our SAS doctors currently work 12¼ hour shifts (0800-2015 and 2000-0815) and a full time SAS doctor contributes approximately 18 shifts in an eight week period. Doctors who wish to work less than full time are encouraged to apply and can be easily accommodated.

The current recruitment will allow the introduction of an additional daily late shift (1500-2300). This will provide an increase in senior shop floor cover during this busy time and will also reduce the proportion of night shifts worked by SAS doctors.

We are passionate about supporting the professional development of our SAS doctors including those wishing to complete their training via the CESR route. All SAS doctors will have a generous study leave allowance and study leave budget (pro-rata for those working part-time).

In addition, we have an established program of releasing our SAS doctors for secondments in anaesthetics and ITU and would support other secondments both within the hospital and externally according to the training needs of the individual SAS doctor. For example, we can facilitate contacts with agencies such as Air Ambulance and Exmoor Search and Rescue.

We take the welfare of our staff seriously and our ED was the first department within the Trust to support a ‘wellness role’, currently undertaken by one of our part-time SAS doctors.

There has been much debate over the future of the District General Hospital. However, the Sustainability and Transformation Plandoesinclude North Devon District Hospital with a fully functioning Emergency Department. This is reinforced with the recently announced award of a £1m capital build allocation to develop primary care streaming on site at NDDH.

We have developed many patient pathways to stream patients to alternative services and have a front door team who manage frail elderly patients who do not require emergency admission. We are continually developing our models of care to ensure delivery of good quality patient care. We have good links with our commissioners and excellent primary care partners whom we are working with to reduce the evening peak in attendances.

Devon is consistently voted as one of the best places to live in England and Northern Devon Healthcare Trust has one of the highest rates of staff satisfaction in the country – you really can have it all! Please click on the video link ‘What’s it like working at NDHT’ for more information.

If you wish to discuss this post further please contact Fionn Bellis, Emergency Medicine Consultant on 01271 311527. For any queries about the rota specifically, please contact Dr Marcin Sosnowski, Consultant in Emergency Medicine by email on

Our values guide everything we do. At all times, we aim to:

  • Demonstrate compassion
  • Strive for excellence
  • Respect diversity
  • Act with integrity
  • Listen and support others

Our teams of care professionals work with patients and their families to support peoples’ independence, health and wellbeing. We provide support to avoid hospital admissions, and if an admission is necessary, we try to make each patient’s stay in hospital as short and effective as possible before working with them on a safe discharge home.

According to many clinical targets, we rate as one of the best performing non-foundation trusts in England, because we treat patients in line with national waiting time standards, have very few hospital-acquired infections and meet our four-hour waiting times for urgent care. We have a huge range of clinical expertise that we share across professional spheres to ensure people get world-class care when they need it.

In our most recent staff survey, our staff voted us in the top 10% of NHS provider organisations to work for and we also came out as the top provider in the South West for our overall results. Our patients (through the Friends and Family Test) regularly report an average of over 95% satisfaction with our services.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. For further information and to self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship, please visit the UK Border Agency website. Note: we will be unable to obtain Tier 2 sponsorship for Bank positions.

Please note that we may close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applicants.

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