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Mr Adrian Simoes
Mr Adrian Simoes

Welcome to the Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) Doctors page. We have 158 SAS Doctors working within our Trust across all specialties and along with the consultants form the permanent medical workforce. The Faculty, led by SAS Tutor Mr Adrian Simoes (email, offers ample opportunities for professional development, career progression and developmental funding to support SAS Doctors within the Trust. The Faculty also has strong links with Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEKSS) and along with Health Education London now form the new Health Education London and South East (HELaSE).

For more information, contact our SAS Administrator Catherine Kidd (email or Rags Subramaniam, Directorate Services (Operations) and Medical Education Manager (email


The latest SAS Development Day took place at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital on Monday 3 December, attended by 28 Doctors. The day consisted of presentations and talks from EKHUFT Doctors and Staff and the BMA.

Presentations included Dr Asha Rajeev describing her journey through the CESR process; Dr Michelle Webb spoke about her role as the Lead in ‘Freedom to Speak up’ for the Trust; Mr Afsar Jafree gave an interesting talk on his ‘Journey towards being the Clinical Lead for Ophthalmology’, and Dr Paul Stevens, Medical Director, gave an insight into the ‘GRIFT’ (Getting it Right First Time) project.

Chief Executive Susan Acott gave a speech discussing her open door policy and acknowledging the SAS Doctor community at EKHUFT. We were also introduced to Nic Goodger, Deputy Medical Director, who has a special interest in SAS Doctors.

Hugh Townsend from the BMA gave an interesting presentation around the subject of job planning, and covered contractual context, objectives and problems that can be encountered.

Also in attendance were Dr Prathibha Bandipalyam, DME, and Mr Adrian Simoes, SAS Tutor.

Feedback for the day was very positive and we aim to repeat another event in 2019.

The process of ‘revalidation’ was introduced by the GMC on 3 December 2012. All licensed doctors are required to revalidate every five years. This process requires doctors to have regular appraisals with their employer based on the core guidance for doctors by the General Medical CouncilGood Medical Practice. The appraisal process offers doctors further enhancement of their role as clinicians as well as to embark on other roles such as medical education, research, leadership, service improvements as well as being an appraiser.

The GMC provides guidance on appraisals here including separate documents for:

  • Good Medical practice Framework for Appraisal
  • Supporting information for appraisal and revalidation

For more information please contact Maria Asperilla, Revalidation Officer, email:

Our Trust offers a regular series of workshops, induction programmes, and other events relevant to SAS doctors (details of which will be posted here when applicable). A list of external courses can be found on the HEKSS site.

SAS Training Grant Fund

Before you apply you must take into consideration that this funding MUST be accessed, attended and all expenses claimed for by March 31st 2020. As from this year, there are absolutely no extensions to this period and rule, despite when the funding may become available, if this funding is not spent, the money will be returned to HEE, this is unfortunately outside of our control. Please be aware that following the approval process, the money may not be available until October/November 2019.

Please therefore identify courses that can be attended within this timeframe, ensure that you complete all the sections within the funding form and obtain the necessary signatures as soon as possible. Please remember, HEKSS does not approve overseas courses.

When completed please return the form to Catherine Kidd

Developing a Blended Learning Education Programme for SAS Doctors 

An opportunity has arisen for our SAS Doctors as a follow up to take part in a Learning Blended Project following on from the recent survey. Now you are invited to take part in the consultation period.

Aim: To work together and support development of a future accredited SAS Blended Learning Programme

Objectives: Feedback on the recent survey undertaken by BSMS and Design of the programme – workshop activity to establish your ideas for how the programme should be structured.

Themed group activities will be facilitated to engage participants in discussions:

Please contact Catherine Kidd for more details.

SAS Doctors ES Supervisor Project

In view of the establishment of the local medical school in Kent (KMMS: Kent & Medway Medical School), the Trust is keen to be a key participant in the delivery of the undergraduate medical education and training for the students commencing in September 2022/3.

The Trust SAS Faculty is planning to launch a pilot clinical teaching and educational supervisor programme for a dozen of our SAS Doctors as a pilot cohort, and if successful, there will be further opportunities made available for other aspiring SAS doctors.  

This programme requires a commitment of 3 full days of skill based workshops for effective clinical teaching followed by 2 further days for educational supervision which will take place at the RCP, London. This Programme is fully funded by the Trust. On successful completion of the full programme you will be assigned students from KCL initially, and then from KMMS. The full 5 days will need to be taken from your study leave entitlement.  

The first workshop will take place on the 23rd October 2019 (details below).   

Please see the attached application form which will need to be completed and returned by the 31st May 2019 at the very latest to Catherine Kidd. A selection process will take place and all applicants will be duly notified by 28th June 2019.

Clinical Teaching Workshop dates:

23rd October 2019

Module 1      Designing and planning learning

Module 2      Teaching and facilitating learning

11th February 2020

Module 3      Assessment of Learning

Module 4      Educational Research and Scholarship

22nd April 2020 

Module 5      Educational Management and Leadership

Module 6      Round up of Learning outcomes and next steps

The Educational Supervisors workshop dates are to be confirmed in 2020.

If you have any queries, please contact Catherine Kidd

See the Senior Study Leave section on the Study Leave page for How-to guides, policies, and forms for requesting Study Leave.

The Trust takes its commitment to the SAS Doctors Charter seriously. Download the SAS Charter for England(courtesy of the BMA website).

SAS CPD Framework
EKHUFT SAS Doctors' Framework for Continuing Professional Development (click to open)

The application window for allocation of the SAS Doctors Developmental funds is now closed.  

For more information on funding see the HEKSS page on Development Funding Guidance.


Download SAS Doctor Bursary Guidance

SAS Development Funding Guidance

SAS Development Funding Application form

SAS Doctors Development Guide(BMA)

SAS Doctors who are involved in teaching or supervising trainee doctors should visit our Trainer Resources page to find useful information.

HEEKSS Reasonable Adjustments Workshop Evaluation Report - September 2018

The findings from a series of workshops supporting healthcare professionals to make adjustments for people with learning disabilities.

Stepping Up Programme - Applications now open

Nearly 20% of the 1.3 million people working in the NHS are from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. Without them the NHS wouldn’t be able to function, so it’s really important that diverse talent is nurtured and developed.

Applications for our Stepping Up programme are now open for BAME leaders and aspiring leaders working at bands 5 to 7.

The programme is fully funded by the NHS Leadership Academy and designed for individuals interested in developing their leadership abilities to help them grow and progress into more senior roles. It helps to create a transformational change in equality and diversity across the health and care sector.

Please share this information with your BAME colleagues in the appropriate bands and encourage them to apply.

For more information, download our  line manager guide , email  or visit our website .

The winners of the Best SAS Teacher / Trainer Award for 2018-2019 were (for each site):

Goran Milosavljevic, K&CH

Muhaned Qulaghassi, QEQM

Ahmad Al Kazwini, WHH

CESR Handbook
CESR Operational Handbook and Guidelines
ES Feedback Form
Educational Supervisor Feedback Form
CESR Project
CESR Project 2018

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