About SAAD Score

As COVID-19 has spread across the world, the virus has shown an affinity to certain members of a community based on a variety of factors which have made individuals more vulnerable to complications from contracting the infection compared to other members of the community. A group of GPs and a Practice Manager have reviewed the latest guidance to update the nationally used SAAD (2) guidance and create this on line version – SAAD (3).

SAAD (3) can be used by any members of a community. This tool is guidance and should be discussed with your employer or human resources department if related to work or used as guidance if related to interactions at home and in the community. If at the time of completing SAAD (3) there is national ‘Shielding’ in place then you should follow government guidance on shielding, you should not undertake a SAAD (3) assessment.

On the 5th May 2020, a number of the co-authors accompanied a well-loved and highly respected GP, Dr Saad Al-Dubbaisi to his final resting place. We continue to provide an updated BAME assessment tool in his memory.

Thanks to our sponsors below who have supported the creation of this online assessment tool.

How to use SAAD (3)

The authors have felt it necessary to stress that this tool is guidance that can be used in a range of settings.  However, local circumstances and the specific needs within particular sectors will necessitate a degree of flexibility in the interpretation and application of the guidance that has been produced in SAAD 3. Feedback from users has indicated that this risk assessment tool works best when both parties have understood and read the guidance in full and are familiar with supportive resources within the document.

Staff scoring as ‘high risk’ on the scorecard will need to have a risk assessment that allows them to continue to work with confidence and in a safe environment.  This should be a two-way discussion and we have found that accommodations can be reached in the majority of cases.  There may be cases where it is safest for staff who are ‘high risk’ to work in isolation in the work place (if possible) or work from home.  In these cases, and/or where managers feel that business continuity is compromised, HR and occupational health advice should be sought.

Finally, we would like to stress that the risk assessment tool works best when it has been read and considered before any formal meeting has been arranged. Both managers and employees have reported the need to reschedule meetings when either or both parties is focused solely on the scorecard.


Dr Mohammed Jiva MBE (Chair): GP (Middleton), CEO Rochdale and Bury Local Medical Committee (LMC) and Chair Rochdale Health Alliance (GP Federation)

Dr Fazel Butt: GP (Bury), Chair Rochdale and Bury Local Medical Committee (LMC), Neighbourhood Chair Bury East

Dr Bushra Choudry: GP(Salford), GP Trainer

Dr Joseph Omofuma: GP (Rochdale), Board Director Rochdale Health Alliance (GP Federation), Mental Health and Medical Student education lead

Dr Zaheda Atcha: GP (Bolton)

Dr Zahir Mohammed: GP (Heywood), GP Trainer and Appraiser, Medical Director Rochdale Health Alliance (GP Federation), Vice-chair Rochdale and Bury Local Medical Committee (LMC), Clinical Director Heywood Primary Care Network (PCN)

Dr Bodrul Alam: GP Rochdale and HMR CCG Clinical Board Member

Mr Asif Butt: Practice Manager (Bury), Bury CCG Flu Group Practice Manager Lead, Bury CCG IT Practice Manager Lead

Dr Zahid Chauhan OBE: GP (Rochdale), Chief Clinical and Governance Officer Bury and Rochdale Doctors on Call (BARDOC)