Clinical Excellence Awards 2020

The Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) has suspended the 2020 national Clinical Excellence Awards competition due to the increasing impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on all NHS staff.

Platinum awards

Platinum awards, both new and renewals, have also been suspended. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges will not be collating platinum applications.


Following suspension of the 2020 national Clinical Excellence Awards competition, ministers have agreed to extend those awards that were due to be renewed in 2020 by one year.

Applications for award extension close on Friday 31 July 2020.

Extension to clinical excellence awards due to expire in April 2021

National Clinical Excellence Award holders who were due to submit a renewal application in 2020, and whose award is due to expire on 1 April 2021, must complete an online form to extend the award. The form should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Extended awards will be due for renewal in the 2021 competition and renewable for four years. 

The deadline for those whose awards expire in April 2021 who wish to apply for a year's extension is Friday 31 July. Check your award’s renewal year by logging into your account and clicking the ‘My Award’ tab. Contact if you need further help or advice.

Visit the Government website for further information about the extension to clinical excellence awards due to expire in April 2021.

No date has yet been set for the re-opening of the competition.

Please visit the ACCEA website for further information or contact the RCR Clinical Excellence Awards team on 020 7406 5953 or by email at either clinical radiology or clinical oncology