Clinical Excellence Awards (CEAs) recognise and reward NHS consultants and academic GPs in England and Wales who perform over and above the standard expected of their role. Awards are given for quality and excellence, acknowledging exceptional personal contributions.
There are 12 levels of award. Levels 1–8 are awarded locally (employer based awards) and levels 9–12 (consecutively bronze, silver, gold and platinum) are awarded nationally (England and Wales).
Applicants have to demonstrate achievement in developing and delivering high-quality patient care, and commitment to the continuous improvement of the NHS.
The awards are co-ordinated and awarded by the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA), for the Department of Health and Social Care. There are 300 national awards available in 2019, covering all levels and all medical specialties. The RCR only makes a contribution to the process in respect of national awards at bronze, silver and gold levels.
The 2019 awards round opened on Thursday 7 February and closes at 17:00 on Thursday 4 April.
RCR support by means of providing a citation for any fellow who requested one closed on 28 February.
In order to be fair to all and give sufficient time to prepare the supporting citations requested, late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.
ACCEA will accept applications for new national awards and from those due to renew their award in 2019.
Consultants will need to put in a renewal application if:
- They received their current award in the 2015 round
- Their award was last renewed in 2014 (awarded in 2010, 2005, 2000).
Some awards may be renewed outside of the usual cycle if there is a change in job or a significant change in job plan.
Bronze and Silver applicants may choose to submit one of the following options:
- Research and Innovation (Form D)
- Teaching and Training (Form E)
- Leadership Management (Form F)
Gold applicants should submit two of these options.
Applicants should be aware that it is their responsibility and not the College's to ensure that they complete the form on the ACCEA website and submit it by the closing date (17:00 on Thursday 4 April). The College is unable to upload any supporting statements until an application has been submitted to ACCEA.
Platinum awards are assessed by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges before being submitted to ACCEA. The closing date for anyone wishing to apply for a Platinum award was 14 February.