The 14th SAS Doctors/Dentists Conference took place on 18 October 2016, in the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. It was very well attended with approximately 95 delegates and was a very successful day. The theme for the day was ‘Opportunities and Progression’.
The day provided an overview of developments in relation to support for SAS doctors/dentists in an ever-changing NHS.
The Conference began with a welcome from Professor Derek Gallen, Postgraduate Dean. It was hoped Mr Vaughan Gething would be present, but as this had not been possible, he had provided a video message to be played at the conference. This message confirmed his support for SAS doctors/dentists and how the SAS Charter was now in place.
This was followed by a presentation from Dr Jonathan Goodfellow which focused on SAS Issues and provided a platform for an interesting discussion on common issues affecting the doctors/dentists. Professor Malcolm Lewis then provided an update on Revalidation.
Later in the morning, Raj Nirula and Eric Stamp (BMA Cymru Wales) gave an informative presentation on Dignity in Workplace.
After lunch Prof Chris Jones, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, spoke about the role of SAS Doctors within the NHS and the support available
Mrs Marion Parris, Managing Director, Dedici Training Company, gave a very lively presentation on ‘Assertiveness, and Culture and Diversity.
The day finished with an opportunity for the delegates to ask any general questions to Mr Raj Nirula and the SAS Tutors present.
In addition to the presentations provided, several sections of the Wales Deanery and other external organisations including the BMA, had exhibition stands at the event to promote their services and to provide information to delegates on areas such as medical education course and providing professional and careers support to the delegates.
A common expression I often overhear the doctors/dentists saying is how the conference always facilitates a fantastic opportunity for networking and sharing good practice.
It is anticipated the next conference will be held in May 2017.