Clinical Excellence Awards for Paediatrics

Clinical Excellence Awards (CEAs) are a fixed term award given to recognise and reward the exceptional contribution of NHS consultants, over and above that normally expected in a post, to the values and goals of the NHS and to patient care.

Awards are time limited - usually for 5 years - and are renewable by competitive application.

2018 round

The RCPCH 2018 Clinical Excellence Award round is underway for the Platinum NEW process, the Gold, Silver and Bronze NEW process as well as the All Levels RENEWALS process.

The ACCEA has published notice on its website here of the dates of the window of opportunity for any consultant wishing to apply for a new or renewed CEA in the 2018 Round.

National CEA systems in the UK

England - Applications at the national level are assessed by the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA), administered by staff of the Department of Health (England)

Wales - The Welsh Government has arranged that national level applications for CEAs are also assessed by the ACCEA

Northern Ireland - National level applications are assessed by the Northern Ireland Department of Health. However, the Northern Ireland process is currently suspended. See below for more details

Scotland - No current national CEA process for new applicants

Individual application process

Applications are made by individual consultants either to their employer locally, for local awards at levels L1-L9, or at the National level for CEAs at either the Bronze (L9 equivalent), Silver (L10), Gold (L11) or Platinum (L12) levels.

Consultants can choose to seek support from their Medical Royal College for their application for a national level award in England or Wales. For Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards this would be a citation to the ACCEA. For Platinum level this is in the form of a recommendation to the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges which produces citations to the ACCEA for Platinum Awards. Only Medical Royal Colleges issue citations for renewal of an existing award at any level.

In Northern Ireland, a request to the Northern Ireland Department of Health to seek a citation from the applicant's Medical Royal College must be indicated on the application to the DH-NI. Citations would only be sought by the DH-NI for applicants at Gold (L11) and Platinum (L12) level.

England and Wales - 2018 round

The Department of Health will close the 2018 CEA round for England and Wales at 5:00pm on Thursday 12 April when the application web site will be switched off. The College's own process for those seeking citations in support of their new or renewal applications is now open and will close for applicants to All NEW and RENEWALS processes at 5:00pm on Monday 19 February.

The limited number of citations allowed to the College by the ACCEA for new awards (Bronze, Silver and Gold) in 2017 in England and Wales was 20 Bronze, 9 Silver and 2 Gold citations in support of applications from across all England and Wales. The College does not expect to receive a larger application for the 2018 Round.

Northern Ireland

There is currently no indication of when a CEA round will next be launched in Northern Ireland. The College continues to seek updates regularly. 

More information on any national Round for Northern Ireland will be found on the Northern Ireland Department of Health website.