Specialty Advisory Committees (SACs)

SACs play a key role in the development and improvement of postgraduate surgical training in the UK and Ireland. Each SAC works to ensure that training programmes cover all aspects essential to train someone to the level of a day one consultant. Some of the key areas SACs are responsible for are below:
  • Providing advice and guidance to surgical trainees and trainers, the JCST, and Surgical Royal Colleges of the UK and Ireland, and supporting the network of Training Programme Directors
  • Writing and developing the surgical curricula and syllabi in line with the General Medical Council's Excellence by design: standards for postgraduate curricula and the Generic professional capabilities framework
  • Contributing to and participating in national selection and recruitment processes for core and specialty training entry, including revising person specifications
  • Contributing to the quality management and quality improvement of specialty training across the UK and Ireland through a network of SAC Liaison Members (LMs)
  • Setting quality indicators (QIs) for the specialty training of surgeons, on behalf of the certifying and regulatory authority, the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK, and the Medical Council in Ireland  
  • Providing advice through the LMs at ARCP panels, ARCP appeals and at Specialty Training Committee (STC) meetings
  • Assessing surgical trainees' requests for time Out of Programme, Acting up as a Consultant, recognition of LATs (where applicable)
  • Setting certification guidelines in line with current curricula to aid trainees, trainers and Training Programme Directors (TPDs) in ensuring that curriculum requirements are being met, and responsible for confirming trainees have completed specialty training and are ready for certification
  • Evaluating doctors' applications for entry on to the GMC's Specialist Register via the CESR route

For details of current SAC members please click on the links below:

You will find below links to documents that might be useful to SAC members. They should explain the role of an SAC member and how this role interrelates with HEE Local Offices and Deaneries, and Training Programme Directors (TPDs).

Historical documents (for reference only)