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Voluntary roles

Current vacancies for voluntary roles

Scottish Standing Committee - elections

The Scottish Standing Committee (SSC) of the Association of Anaesthetists (the Association) has one vacancy for an elected member to join the committee.

Nominees must be full members of the Association, resident in Scotland and in good standing, and should be proposed and seconded by other full members of the Association. Members are elected for a three-year term that can be renewed. The SSC has three meetings per year, usually held either in Perth or via videoconference and may also be requested to represent the SSC on other Association committees and working parties.

If multiple nominations are received an election will be run where ordinary and trainee members resident in Scotland shall be entitled to vote.

The SSC represents the Association in Scotland with over 800 members. As many of you will be aware the health political landscape can at times be quite different in Scotland to elsewhere in the UK such as in workforce planning, taxation and the very delivery of our health service.

The Departments and theatre suite environments we work in are evolving and in recent years the SSC have been involved with matters such as the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act, the new curriculum for anaesthetic assistant training through the Scottish Multidisciplinary Anaesthetic Assistants Development and raising wellbeing issues with the CMO Scotland alongside colleagues from the RCoA. Geographical tax variation and pension taxes are now affecting many more members than previously, another area of attention for the SSC.

Education and wellbeing will always be central to the Association and the SSC delivers educational meetings both as standalone and in partnership with the Scottish Society of Anaesthetists. Raising wellbeing issues through the fight fatigue campaign and awareness of suicide and mental health issues amongst colleagues is further important and relevant work of the SSC.

If you would like to nominate yourself for the role of elected member on the Scottish Standing Committee, please complete and return your nomination form via email to secretariat@anaesthetists.org ahead of the deadline of 17:00 on Wednesday 21 December 2022. Nomination forms can be found below.

All candidates must agree to comply with the Association of Anaesthetists Election canvassing guidelines.

Download a nomination form.

Scottish Standing Committee - appointed SAS representative

The SSC are keen to represent SAS doctors working in Scotland and there is also a vacancy for a SAS member to be appointed to the committee. The successful candidate must be a SAS member of the Association, resident in Scotland and in good standing. The successful member will be appointed for an initial one-year term, renewable for up to four years in total.

SAS doctors in Scotland are a relatively small group and according to the RCoA 2020 Workforce Census, there are 99 SAS and Trust Grade doctors across Scotland. The SSC is keen to support SAS doctors working within Scotland and we would encourage you to put your name forward. Dr Judith Nieman, former SAS representative on the SSC quoted ‘ I know that although my own personal experience of SAS jobs and of my department is positive and a supportive environment, I know from those who have contacted me in the past there are many who do not have this experience. It can be hard in current circumstances to gain career development and feel a full part of a department as an SAS doctor. If this is the case I would encourage you to get involved with ourselves at the Association’.

The committee welcomes expressions of interest from any member of the SAS grade resident in Scotland. Expressions of interest should be sent to the Association’s Governance team secretariat@anaesthetists.org.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to the Scottish Standing Committee Convenor for more information ahead of applying for either role, please email secretariat@anaesthetists.org.

IRC International Fellowship

The Association is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic trainee anaesthetist with a strong interest in Global Health to become the next Association International Fellow. The appointment will be for up to 12-months starting from February 2023.

This role is voluntary and will not be remunerated; reasonable expenses will be paid, under the Association’s expenses policy, to cover travel costs to attend International Relations Committee (IRC) meetings, SAFE Steering Group meetings and attend the Trainee Conference to present on the international work of the Association and IRC funding partners Difficult Airway Society (DAS), Paediatric Intensive Care Society (PICS), Regional Anaesthesia-UK (RA-UK), Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), Society for Intravenous Anaesthesia (SIVA) and World Anaesthesia Society (WAS).

The main function of the international fellowship will be to provide knowledge and support to the delivery of the Association of Anaesthetists international work as a co-opted member or the IRC and SAFE Steering Group. The fellowship will be of educational benefit to all parties and will help assess the impact of the international work for the annual report, plus the evaluation of the grant awarding process.

It is anticipated that this exposure and experience will contribute to the wider training of the individual within Global Health to enhance their own experience within the NHS, and contribute to the training of others in relation to and Global Health.

View the role description here.

Download the application form.

To apply

Please complete and send your application form, CV and personal statement to secretariat@anaesthetists.org by 17:00 on 20 January 2023.

If you would like more information on the role, please contact secretariat@anaesthetists.org.

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