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Clinical Excellence Awards 2020

Clinical Excellence Awards

Clinical Excellence Awards (CEAs) are intended to recognise and reward exceptional contribution over and above what is normally expected in a post. The awards are made to medically qualified NHS consultants for a fixed term and may be renewed following review. In England, national CEA awards are assessed by the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) administered by the Department of Health (England). The Welsh Government has arranged that national applications for CEAs will also be assessed by the ACCEA. In Northern Ireland national level applications have been suspended in recent years. Guidance for local clinical excellence awards (LCEA) can be found on the NHS employers’ website.


Due to Covid-19 the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) has suspended applications for the 2020 competition.

More information can be found here.

ACCEA 2020 Guidance and application forms

ACCEA 2020 awards round applicant's guide

ACCEA online application system

Application guidance is available on the ACCEA website. ACCEA will accept applications for new national awards and from those due to renew their award in 2020.

ACCEA 2019 wash up meeting for National Nominating Bodies and Specialist Societies 

A formal ACCEA 2019 wash up meeting for National Nominating Bodies and Specialist Societies was held on Wednesday 19 February 2020. Headlines of the meeting are shown below.

  • 1003 successful awards were awarded in 2020 
  • 30% overall success rate 
  • 26.6% of awards were achieved by females – this reflects the lower proportion of females applying 32.9% success rate for females, 31% for males applying 
  • BME is 28.5% representing 25% of applicants (an increase on previous years) 
  • 28% success rate for anaesthetists at bronze, 25% at silver

The data indicates that although anaesthesia is better represented in successful awards, the proportion of anaesthetists applying is still too low. We would like to encourage more anaesthetists to apply for awards, especially female and anaesthetists of all backgrounds.

To be successful you need to apply and to know more you need to engage. The regional sub-committee diversity continues to improve, so would encourage colleagues to join to share experience of the process.

Association support for awards

The Association is registered as a nominating body. While we would like to support all our members, the Association is only able to support for a certain number of applications for: bronze, silver, gold applications and national award renewals. Please note, renewals are scored and ranked by the same criteria as new applications.

Clinical Excellence Awards recognise and reward NHS consultants who perform ‘over and above’ the standard expected of their role. The Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards gives awards for quality and excellence, acknowledging personal contributions. We would not normally provide support for local awards. For those considering applying at the bronze level you must consider carefully the implications of leaving any local award scheme. If you decide to apply nationally and wish to be considered by the Association, you will need to comply with the timetable of the sponsoring organisation.

If you are likely to move employer or retire in the next 18 months you should ask the ACCEA for their advice.

The ranking lists and citations that our organisations supply are considered to be important supplements to the evidence contained in the Curriculum Vitae Questionnaire (CVQ). 

If you would like to be considered for Association support, when the process is open please email your completed ACCEA application forms (including the name and contact details of the person you would like to write your citation) to by: 09:00 on Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Please note that we must have completed forms for renewal applications by the same date. Late applications will not be scored. For enquiries contact:

As with previous years, the responsibility for the actual online submission of the application to ACCEA will rest firmly with the applicant.

The final submission deadline is: 17:00 on Thursday 7 May 2020.