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Emergency Medicine Specialty and Specialist Doctors (EMSAS)

What is EMSAS?

EMSAS (formerly known as FASSGEM), is the forum for Emergency Medicine Specialty And Specialist Doctors. It’s an integral part of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. We represent and support all EM Staff & Trust grade doctors including Associate Specialists, Specialist doctors, Speciality doctors, Staff grades, Trust grades, Clinical fellows and other doctors working in non-standard posts in emergency medicine in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

EMSAS Annual Conference | Virtual event | 18 – 19 November 2021

For more information about the 2021 conference, please click here.

The history of EMSAS

EMSAS (Formerly FASSGEM) was created in 1997, with the help of two EM consultants, Ken Nesbit and Iain Stewart, (to whom we owe great gratitude) to provide some form of training for a group of doctors then known as Non Consultant Career Grade (NCCG) doctors. This initially consisted of an annual Conference held in Plymouth. However EMSAS has gained increasing recognition, due in part to great stewardship from its first and subsequent chairs, Dr Andrew Newton and Juan Ballesteros but also from the growing force of the SAS UK craft committee together with support from BAEM/FAEM (and now RCEM). The term NCCG has now been replaced by the more appropriate term SAS, and the new contract which was finally introduced in 2008, based on the consultant contract, recognises the requirement for SPAs for SAS doctors.
Fomer logo, changed November 2021.


EMSAS now represents doctors who are members of RCEM, but do not belong to the consultant or the trainee groups. EMSAS has representation on all but one of the College (RCEM) committees, and crucially also has a vote on RCEM council from its chair. EMSAS’s structure is based on its parent (RCEM) with Officers (Chair, Treasurer, BMA rep, Secretary, Immediate Past Chair), Executives (International, Professional Standards, Quality in Emergency Care, Simulation committees, Deputy Chair) and regional representatives. The increasing demands on EM, the 4 hour target, the increasing numbers of juniors with reduced clinical experience and the College desire to have senior and experienced clinical staff on the ‘shop floor’ has led to an exponential increase in the number of SAS doctors. We now number about 900 with another 400 Trust Grade doctors and Clinical Assistants throughout UK.

Vision and objectives

SAS positions are considered to be essential to the provision of safe effective emergency care to patients in the UK and Ireland.
EMSAS aims:

  • to achieve membership of RCEM and EMSAS by all SAS doctors working in Emergency Medicine
  • to ensure that SAS doctors working in EM will be welcomed as members of the College and given equal opportunities to the rights and privileges
  • to ensure that SAS doctors are welcomed as members of the clinical team in their departments and their contributions to patient care valued
  • to provide an effective system of communication between members of RCEM/EMSAS
  • to encourage and support CPD for all SAS doctors in EM
  • to promote the development of opportunities for SAS doctors in EM to learn and progress in their career pathway.
  • to provide an interface with RCEM
  • to participate in and contribute to all RCEM activities and committees
  • to provide a value for money Conference annually for RCEM/EMSAS members.

This mission is delivered in UK and the Republic of Ireland primarily through the activities of its Officers and Executives through their representational roles in RCEM.

Each aspect of the activities and resources of EMSAS are regularly updated in the light of work being done by a number of taskforces and other groups. A risk register pertinent to EMSAS and its activities is also maintained. This is available to read from AGM Minutes and reports from Officers and Executives (Regional Reps).


Membership of EMSAS is open to anyone working at this level in Emergency Medicine. However to be a voting member and be a representative in any committees, you must be a member of the RCEM. It is EMSAS’s recommendation and part of its mission statement that all its members are also members of RCEM. Membership of RCEM will also be helpful in accruing supporting information for the revalidation process and online registration of CPD is now a feature of RCEM.


EMSAS aims to represent and promote the interests of SAS doctors within RCEM, supporting their educational interests and seeking to enhance collaborative working between SAS doctors and other practitioners within the specialty of Emergency Medicine. EMSAS has come a long way in the years since it began and its achievements are the result of hard work on the part of its members. EMSAS is unique amongst the SAS groups with representation at BMA (CCSC), RCEM regional board level. To maintain our position, we need everyone to contribute, whether at local or national level. Please join us and contribute your own special experiences!

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Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR)

Information about applying for entry to the specialist register via a CESR application can be found on the GMC website

The RCEM website also provides specialty specific advice and resources, including a template of Competences vs Evidence which is a tool to assist CESR applicants in providing evidence which addresses all competences of the current EM curriculum. This may be completed and submitted to the GMC with the CESR application.

Useful links

Upcoming Events

06 May 2022 – Spring meeting in London
15 to 18 November 2022 – Milton Keynes
November 2023 – Isle of Man

Current tasks

  1. Adel Aziz legacy.
    Adel Aziz was an Associate Specialist in the Emergency Department in Southampton, TARN lead and influential in the careers of hundreds of EM doctors.
    He was loved by his department where he worked since 1998.
    He was Chair of FASSGEM from 2014 to 2017.
    His passion for trauma care led him to establish the Egyptian trauma network and the Annual trauma conference in Cairo.
    Adel sadly died following a short battle with cancer in January 2020.
    Even as he was dying, he set up a charity page to raise over £27,000 for a Chemotherapy room at a hospital in Egypt.
    We are planning to honour his memory with a legacy from EMSAS/FASSGEM, this is currently under discussion.
  2. Statement on Specialist Doctor role.
    We are also working on a statement to publish on the RCEM site regarding the new Specialist Doctor role and how this relates to EM, this is currently out to our exec for discussion and should be finalised early 2022.
  3. TARN accreditation.
    We are aware that SAS doctors work in major trauma centres (MTC’s) and trauma units (TU’s) and do not currently have accreditation as trauma team leaders (TTL”s).
    Our aim is to open dialogue with the stakeholders responsible for this decision to give credit to these doctors.

EMSAS Executive & Representatives

Position Occupant
Chair Dr Steve Black
Vice chair Dr Jocelyn Brittliff
Secretary Dr Hannah McKee
Treasurer Dr Mark Feenan
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Dr Ursula-Jade Hartley
Training Standards Committee Dr Nanette Bothma
Conference Lead Dr Mark Feenan
Education Committee Dr Immad Shahnawaz Qureshi
Communications Dr Owais Mohsin
Sustainable Working Practice Committee Dr Jocelyn Brittliff
Service Design and Configuration Committee Dr Steve Black
Quality in Emergency Care Committee Mr Plutarco Elias Chiquito-Lopez
Representative for WEMSIG Dr Hannah McKee
Northern Ireland Rep Dr Mark Feenan
Republic of Ireland - National Board Dr Muhammad Bilal
Scotland Representative Dr Jocelyn Brittliff
Wales Representative Dr Sophia Molyvda
Wales Representative Dr Andrey Nikolaevich Valkov
East Midlands Regional Rep Dr Aayesha Hasensahab Kazi
East of England Region Rep Dr Hunniya Waseem
London Region Rep Dr Agnes Ngassa
North East Regional Rep Vacant
North West Regional Rep Dr Jo-Anna Robson
South Central Regional Rep Dr Ursula-Jade Hartley
South East Coast Regional Rep Miss Michelle Jacqueline Tipping
South West Regional Rep Dr Nanette Bothma
West Midlands Regional Rep Dr Mohamed Diab Ibrahim
Yorks and Humber Regional Rep Dr Patrick Dudzai Raymond Musami
Isle of Man Regional Rep Sudip Ghosh
Channel Islands Regional Chair Vishal Patel (In Jersey)

EMSAS Chairs on BAEM, CEM and RCEM

Chair Years
Andrew Newton 1999-2007
Juan Ballesteros 2007-2008
Meng Aw-Yong 2008-2011
Caroline Shaw 2011-2014
Adel Aziz 2014- 2017
John Burns 2017-2020
Steve Black rebrand to EMSAS November 2021 2020- present

SAS representatives on CSA, BAEM and FAEM (before FASSGEM established in 1997)

Kenneth Nesbitt 1986-1994
Nick Howarth 1994-1998
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