Consultant contracts in england: how many spas do you have?

BMJ Careers, 06/12/2012

Supporting professional activities (SPAs) are written into consultant contracts to offer time for “teaching, training, education, CPD [continuing professional development] (including reading journals), audit, appraisal, research, clinical management, clinical governance, service development etc.” This is time that is considered necessary to maintain and improve the overall level of service within the NHS.

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