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National Clinical Excellence Awards

National Clinical Excellence Awards

Wednesday 27 January 2021

***We are no longer accepting applications***

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.


The 2021 ACCEA round opens on Monday 7 December 2020, and closes at 17:00 on Thursday 18 March 2021.

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Association of Anaesthetists support for awards

The Association is registered with ACCEA as a specialist society. While we would like to support all our members, the Association is only able to support a certain number of applications.

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. 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 we provide are important supplements to the evidence contained in the Curriculum Vitae Questionnaire (CVQ).

If you would like to be considered for Association support, 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: 9:00 on Wednesday 27 January 2021.

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 deadline for final submission to ACCEA is: 17:00 on Thursday 18 March 2021.

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