Survey of specialty and associate specialist (SAS) and locally employed (LE) doctors

Specialty, associate specialist (SAS) and locally employed (LE) doctors make a hugely valuable contribution to the UK health services, but we understand less about the crucial roles they carry out compared to other parts of the medical workforce.

Our focus groups and discussions with these doctors and their representatives have revealed that there are many benefits of being a SAS or LE doctor, but some do have concerns about professional development, support in the workplace and bullying and harassment.

This survey will enable us to gather the rich and robust data we need to help widen our understanding, so that we can work with others to make improvements.

It’s open to all practising doctors that are working in a UK health system and are not working in a GP or consultant post or in a formal training programme.

When is the survey open?

The survey is now open. Doctors can take part by clicking on the link they receive in their email invitation or by clicking on the link below:


It will close at midday on Wednesday 12 June.

What questions does the survey ask?

Prior to developing this survey, we spoke to SAS and LE doctors and the key organisations that work with them. Based on their feedback, we’ve developed a comprehensive question set to capture views on priority areas including:

  • Career development and access to training
  • Awareness and implementation of the SAS charters
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Team working and support in the workplace
  • Bullying and undermining
  • Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) / Certificate of Eligibility for GP Registration (CEGPR)
  • Burnout

The full question set can be found here.

What happens to my answers?

Your answers will be valuable. The findings will help us identify key trends and pinpoint the specific needs this group of doctors face.

Later this year we’ll publish the aggregated results and report on key findings across the UK. We’ll use this information to work with healthcare organisations to pinpoint how we can collectively support SAS and LE doctors, now and in the future.