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2009 SACDA Annual Report (29 April 2010)

The 2009 SACDA Annual Report is now available to view here.

2010 Awards Round: Please note that whilst the above report relates to the 2009/10 awards round, readers may wish to be aware that for 2010/11, the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body (DDRB) recommended that the value of the distinction awards and discretionary points should remain at current levels in line with its pay recommendation for consultants. It also recommended that the Scottish Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards (SACDA) should have the flexibility to determine the number of national awards to be made at each level in 2010/11, having taken account of any equality issues.

In Scotland, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Well-being accepted the recommendation not to increase the value of the awards but rejected the recommendation to allow SACDA the flexibility to determine the number of new awards. This decision was taken in recognition of the current economic situation we face and means that there will be no increase in the number of distinction awards available in Scotland in the 2010 award round. The only “new” distinction awards available will be those funded from cash released by those current award holders who retire or leave the service.

SACDA Online Survey Results (31 March 2010)

Thank you once again to all those who took the trouble to complete the online survey or sent in comments. The results of the survey can be viewed by clicking on the links below:
Charts - General Info.
New Features
Aspects Liked
Aspects disliked
Suggestions for Improvement
Other Comments

New SACDA Leadership

The SACDA Chairman, Professor Colin Suckling OBE, will demit office on 28th February 2010 after seven and a half years in the role. Professor Suckling was a member of the SACDA Review Group and will continue as Chair of the Implementation Group which has been established to implement the recommendations of the review. The new SACDA Chairman, Mr Kenneth Thomson, will formally begin his term of office on 1st March 2010.

On 1st November 2009 Professor Charles Swainson took up his appointment as SACDA Vice-Chair / Medical Director. His predecessor, Professor John Reid OBE demitted office on 31st October 2009.

Full details of the new appointments can be found here.

New Specialty Recognised by SACDA (17 November 2009)

From the 2010 Awards Round onwards, SACDA will recognise Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as a separate specialty from Dentistry, under which consultants practicing in the specialty were previously considered.

Appointments to SACDA (7 October 2009)

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Nicola Sturgeon, today announced the appointment of a new Chair, Medical Director and Lay Member to the Scottish Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards. For further information please click here.

The original article can be found on the Scottish Government website here.

Recommendations of the SACDA Review Group (1 October 2009)

The framework document produced by the SACDA Review Group has been formally approved and is available to view here.

Please note that the award values listed in page 4 are subject to annual review by the Doctors & Dentists' Remuneration Board.

SACDA Online Survey Results (July 2009)

Thank you to everyone who kindly took the time to complete our first survey of the Online system. Results of the survey can be accessed here.