Posts Tagged ‘SPAs’

What’s the value of fast disappearing SPAs?

“It’s Friday, it’s 5 o’clock, it’s Crackerjack!” is something that I remember from my childhood. As an anaesthetist on call this memory was rep...

How should we sort out the SPA mess?

It's one of those topics which sharply divides people; hospital management can barely conceal their disdain and, as the squeeze for money has escalated, th...

The reality of compromising SPA time

"I work really hard, harder than I ever have." Nope, that's not me but a common refrain from anyone you sit down with for a coffee or a beer. Every sector ...

Key objective for year – don’t maim or kill anyone

I'm glad I don't live in London - apart from having to fork out squillions for a flat the size of a small rabbit hutch, many London hospitals seem to be in...

Half of consultant jobs offer fewer than 2.5 SPAs

The proportion of consultant job posts in England offering fewer than 2.5 supporting professional activity (SPA) slots has nearly doubled in the past 20 mo...

Cutting consultant SPAs is a “false economy”

The NHS will struggle to improve quality and make efficiency savings if consultants’ supporting professional activities continue to be cut, the BMA says....

SPAs being cut as trusts seek savings

A fifth of consultants say their supporting professional activities have been cut since they either transferred or started on the consultant contract. T...

Employers squeeze consultants’ SPAs

Trusts are eroding the time allocated to consultants for supporting professional activities. Two pieces of research on the time given to consultants to c...

“Trusts must support consultants’ SPAs”

Consultants must demonstrate effective use of their Supporting Professional Activities to ensure employers support them. This is the message of a BMA rep...

Who will win the tug-of-war over CPD and SPAs?

I got an email from the GMC this morning. It’s a press release about revalidation. The opening line says: ‘Revalidation, the regular assurance that all...

Consultant contract: guidance on supporting professional activities

What are supporting professional activities? The consultant contract’s supporting professional activities (SPAs) reflect activities that are essential t...