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Scottish Standing Committee (SSC) - call for nominations

Scottish Standing Committee (SSC) - call for nominations

Thursday 13 February 2020

The Scottish Standing Committee (SSC) has one vacancy for an elected Consultant member to join.

The SSC represents the Association of Anaesthetists in Scotland, with over 800 members. As many of you will be aware, the health political landscape can be quite different here in Scotland, compared to elsewhere in the UK. It differs in matters such as 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 has been involved with matters such as the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act, the new curriculum for anaesthetic assistant training through SMAAD 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 on a stand-alone basis and in partnership with the Scottish Society of Anaesthetists. The SSC has also raised wellbeing issues through our work with the Fight Fatigue campaign, as well as raising awareness of suicide and mental health issues amongst colleagues.

Therefore, I would be grateful if you were to consider the importance of matters such as the examples above and any others equally important to you, that you also feel strongly about. To contribute to these please apply for an elected position on the SSC.

Members are elected for a three-year term that can be renewed. The SSC has three meetings per year, usually held in Perth and may also be requested to represent on other Association committees and working parties.

If you have any questions, please email Completed nominations should be submitted to by 17:00 on Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Download a nomination form

I would also ask any members with issues they would like to take to the Association, through the SSC, to use the above contacts to reach the Committee and myself to take these forward. I look forward to your response.

Kind regards,

Dr Paul Bourke,


Scottish Standing Committee

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