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RCP appoints new SAS lead

Dr Jamie Read, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, has been appointed as lead for staff, specialty, specialist and associate specialist (SAS) doctors.

Dr Jamie Read is an associate specialist in geriatric medicine, with a particular interest in falls and frailty. He is also the physician associate director for the trust.

In addition to his clinical role, Jamie has a strong interest in medical education and is an honorary clinical associate professor in medical education at the University of Plymouth, where he is also associate head of the Peninsula Medical School.

Jamie took up an associate specialist role following his PhD in medical education and he is passionate about advocating for colleagues who have chosen the SAS route in their career. Jamie’s research interests focus on developing professional identity, and this is something that he is very keen to bring to his appointment as the RCP SAS lead.

RCP lead for SAS doctors

SAS doctors make up approximately 30% of the physician workforce and play a vital role in the delivery of NHS services. The RCP has been working hard to bring about significant change for the SAS physician workforce, and as the new SAS lead Dr Read will address this.

In his new role, he will lead on the implementation of the RCP strategy for SAS doctors, representing SAS doctor views and interests within the RCP. This is a key leadership role and throughout his term Dr Read will be focusing on three main areas of development:

  • championing the voice of SAS doctors and driving the RCP’s engagement with the SAS physician community
  • chair the SAS regional representative network
  • implement the SAS doctor strategy.

Dr Read’s predecessor – Dr Waleed Arshad

Associate specialist in cardiology and honorary clinical senior lecturer, Dr Waleed Arshad has come to the end of his successful term as SAS lead. 

The RCP wishes to extend our most sincere thanks to Dr Arshad for all the work he has done during his time as SAS lead. He has set us on course to more effectively, transparently and diligently represent SAS doctors, and for this we are truly grateful.