SAAD Assessed Sedationist scheme (SAS scheme)
Under current IACSD guidance, a practitioner (or DCP) who was not practising conscious sedation independently (i.e. without supervision) prior to April 2015 is designated a ‘New Starter’. ‘New Starters’ are now required to undertake knowledge and skills-based training and to undergo a period of supervised clinical practice before providing sedation independently.
SAAD is able to facilitate acquisition of the required supervised clinical experience (see IACSD Standards, Table 1) by offering a place on the SAAD Assessed Sedationist (SAS) scheme. The SAS scheme follows on from attendance of the SAAD National Course where practitioners will have appropriate knowledge and skills training. You can register for the SAAD National Course here
The SAS scheme is accredited by IACSD / Sedation Training Accreditation Committee (STAC), RCSEng and includes approval of your supervisor, verification of your Clinical Logbook, Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS) forms and the SAS Practice Evaluation Checklist. Successful practitioners will receive a SAAD certificate confirming ‘SAAD Assessed Sedationist’ status which will enable you to practise independently. The fee for enrolment on the 2019 SAS scheme is £300, (for the 2020 SAS Scheme the fee is £315) and the registration deadline is ten days BEFORE attending the SAAD National Course.
In summary, the stages of the SAAD Assessed Sedationist scheme are
- Registration for the SAS scheme, nomination of a clinical supervisor and payment of the £300 course fee.
- Acceptance on to the SAAD National Course and approval of the clinical supervisor
- Attendance at the SAAD National Course
- Successful completion of the written assessment at the end of the SAAD National Course
- Completion of 20 IV and/or 10 IS cases under supervision
- Submission of logbook(s), DOPs and Practice Evaluation Checklist(s) to SAAD
- Internal moderation of documents by SAAD
- Satisfactory completion is confirmed and you become a SAAD Assessed Sedationist able to provide sedation independently in accordance with the IACSD guidance
The SAAD training schemes are outlined in an article that can be downloaded here.
Enrolment in the SAS scheme is only available to ‘New Starters’. Please do not apply if you meet the ‘Transitional Arrangements’ criteria on Page 87 of the IACSD Standards. The SAS scheme is not available to practitioners who have undertaken knowledge and skills-based training elsewhere.
When registering for the SAS scheme you will need to identify and provide details of an appropriate clinical supervisor. SAAD does not currently hold a list of sedation ‘mentors’. Please note that SAAD cannot become involved in any financial or contractual arrangements between you and your supervisor.
The following information will be required:
- Date you will attend the SAAD National Course
- Intended sedation technique(s)
- Age group of patients (adults, children or both)
- Name of proposed clinical supervisor(s)
- GDC / GMC No. of proposed clinical supervisor(s)
- Qualifications of proposed clinical supervisor(s)
- Sedation experience of proposed clinical supervisor(s)
- Sedation services offered by proposed clinical supervisor(s)
- Address of the practice(s) where the clinical supervision will take place
- A brief description of sedation facilities
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