Clinical Excellence Awards – RCSEd Support




The 2021 awards round opened on 7 December 2020 and will close at 5pm on 18 March 2021. The College welcomes applications from Fellows of the College in Good Standing.

The College closing date is Friday 12 February 2021 . This is to allow sufficient time to process applications, be scored by the College’s ACCEA Scoring Committee and for the Committee to meet and prepare a final ranked list for submission to the ACCEA. Please note the closing date for Platinum Awards has now passed.

Useful documents:

  • Guidance for submitting an application to the College can be found here.

  • Guide for Nominators may be of benefit and can be downloaded here.

  • Word version of the application form can be downloaded here.
  • Scoring Guidance for Assessors may also be of benefit for applicants to review when completing their application. View the guidance on the website.

Visit the website for more information. 


JULY 2020

Award holders can apply for a one-year extension to their national Clinical Excellence Awards due to expire on 1 April 2021. Applications must be made online. The closing date is 31 July 2020.

Visit the website for more information and to submit an application.

JUNE 2020

Award holders can apply for a one-year extension to their national Clinical Excellence Awards due to expire on 1 April 2021. The Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) has opened an online application for those wishing to apply for the extension. The ACCEA have contacted award holders directly with details of the online application process. 

Visit the website for more information.




The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Welsh Government ministers have agreed the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards’ (ACCEA) proposals following suspension of the 2020 round.

They have agreed that:

  • applications for the 2020 national Clinical Excellence Awards competition should remain suspended
  • consultants and academic GPs unable to submit a renewal application in 2020 (whose awards are due to expire 1 April 2021) will not be disadvantaged – their awards will be extended by one year
  • ACCEA should keep plans for new applications under review based on the ongoing impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

ACCEA and DHSC and Welsh Government ministers have listened to advice from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Royal Colleges, employers and applicants in making these decisions.

ACCEA will further update award-holders and stakeholders on plans for the 2020 and 2021 national Clinical Excellence Awards competitions after the pandemic has subsided.


Consultants and academic GPs who were due to renew their awards in the 2020 competition are required to login to their account on the ACCEA website to ensure their details are up-to-date.




The Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) is aware of the increasing impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on all NHS staff. We are in constant contact with NHS staff and stakeholder organisations and know that Royal Colleges, employers, ACCEA committee members and applicants are concerned about the time needed to apply for an award and for employers to sign them off, which may be at the expense of clinical priorities.

We have therefore suspended applications for the 2020 national Clinical Excellence Awards competition. – There is now no need to complete an application or for employers to sign-off those already submitted.

We will implement contingency plans for new applications. We will ensure that those whose awards expire in April 2021 are not disadvantaged by being unable to submit a renewal application.

Any applications already drafted will be saved. 

We will provide further details next week after discussions with ministers and ACCEA committees.



November 2019:

The Role of RCSEd

The College's support is welcomed by ACCEA as we are in a position to highlight excellence at a national and at international level. However, the number of nominations that has been made recently has been no more than three each for Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. Platinum awards are submitted to ACCEA by the Academy of Royal Colleges, we are in a position to put forward names of Fellows to the Academy. Fellows cannot go direct to the Academy. RCSEd's support cannot transform a submission that does not score strongly across all the various domains and is unlikely to overcome lack of support from the employing authority.

The RCSEd Awards Committee comprises of RCSEd Fellows who are senior award holders. All submissions are scored independently by each Committee Member and these total scores form the basis of the Committee deliberations. Where necessary, the decisions also takes into account information and advice sought from local senior award holders, College Regional Advisers and College Office Bearers.

Filling in a successful ACCEA form takes time due to the constraints of space and the need to precisely map activity to the requirements of each domain. If you intend to apply, I suggest you draft a version of the form and ask a local award holder for internal feedback . This gives you time to enhance the quality of the submission ahead of the RCSEd deadline. In the past, the Committee has been confronted with delayed submissions. In the interest of fairness these cannot be accepted.

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