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.

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

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

ACCEA vacancies for scorers on sub-committees

ACCEA is looking to recruit members to join the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) Sub-Committee membership as volunteer scorers.

ACCEA hopes to open the 2020 and 2021 rounds later this year for national CEAs, but this is still to be confirmed. Given the cancellation of the awards round in March 2020, there are likely to be more new applications and double the number of award renewals to be scored.

Therefore, ACCEA is seeking to increase membership of the 13 regional sub-committees to reduce the burden on existing members and is looking for local or national award holders, as well as Employers and Retired Lay members, who hold or held a role in the NHS or Health care and would like to help.

Scoring takes place shortly after the closing date for applications. The timetable for the 2020 and 2021 competition rounds has not yet been decided. In 2019, sub-committee members had six weeks to submit their scores. The number of applications to score varies regionally and year-to-year, but the 2019 average was around 40. Depending on numbers, ACCEA estimates that scoring would take you between 20 and 30 hours.

ACCEA is currently focusing its recruitment on:

  • ethnicity and applications from women

but is also looking for:

  • Professional members (practising consultants)

  • Employer member, (Managers from Trusts and Arm’s Length Bodies) will consider the employer’s perspective and whether the applicant brings benefits back to their organisation and the wider NHS

  • Lay member, (to give an objective view) will be knowledgeable about the workings of the NHS and may have informed lay involvement in healthcare and experience of the patients’ perspective.

Recruitment is assessed month by month and has been extended to 31 December 2020, but applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible. If you are interested in applying, please email for further details.