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.

2017 round

The RCPCH application process for citations in the 2017 round is now complete.

If you have not been contacted to confirm you will recieve a citation from the College and have not had one attached to your application on the ACCEA web portal, it has not been possible to provide you with a citation in this year's round. You should submit your application to the ACCEA immidiately to ensure your application is considered.

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 - 2017 round

The 2017 CEA round for England and Wales closes at 5:00pm on Tuesday 25 May when the Department of Health application web site is switched off. The College's own process for those seeking citations in support of their new or renewal applications is now closed.

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.

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.