Clinical Excellence Awards (CEAs) for Paediatrics

Clinical Excellence Awards (CEAs) are fixed term awards 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 five years, and are renewable by competitive application.
Last modified
8 April 2019

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 and Social Care (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. 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.

Scotland - No current national CEA process for new applicants.

Application process

As communicated to members, the DHSC 2019 ACCEA round is now closed.

During a round, 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. 

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.

New Bronze, Silver and Gold applications (England and Wales)

During a round, the College is permitted to submit a very limited number of College citations to the ACCEA for new Bronze, Silver and Gold awards in the ACCEA Round in England and Wales. In 2018 a total of 2 Gold, 8 Silver and 22 Bronze citations were permitted to the College by the ACCEA for all members applying from across England and Wales.

How to apply and seek a College citation

During a round, those wishing to seek a citation from the College in support of an application for a new ACCEA National Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold Level in England or Wales should submit a copy of their complete draft application by email to their local Area Ranking Committee (ARC) before the end of the window of opportunity. Application forms and guidance are available on the ACCEA website (see below). The College will accept applications on the previous year's application forms.

Those seeking College support must meet the College criteria for 'Good Standing' (see below) and ensure that they have not made any inaccurate statements in the draft application they submit to the RCPCH. Eligible members in each England Area and in Wales receive an email from their local Officer giving details of the email address to which their application should be sent in good time before the end of the window of opportunity. It is therefore important to make sure your membership record with the College has your most up to date email address.

How applications are assessed

Applications are assessed by the College Area Ranking Committee (ARC). Each ARC is permitted to put forward a limited number of Bronze, Silver and Gold applicants for assessment in the second round by the College National Ranking Committee (NRC).

For more details, see Application process above.

New Platinum applications (England and Wales)

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges competition for Platinum Level Award citations involves the RCPCH acting as the Paediatrics Platinum Ranking Committee of the AoMRC.

How to apply and seek College support

Application forms and guidance are published by the ACCEA on their website (see below). Applications on the previous year's application forms are accepted.

Draft applications from those seeking a supporting citation from the Academy for a Platinum Award should be emailed to accea@rcpch.ac.uk before the annual window of opportunity closes. Draft applications submitted through any other means will not be considered.

Those seeking College support must meet the Good Standing Requirements (see below) and ensure that they have not made any inaccurate statements in the draft application they submit to the RCPCH.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered for a College recommendation.

For more details, see Application process above.

Renewal applications

The ACCEA now accepts College citations in support of renewal Clinical Excellence Awards applications.

How to apply

During  a round, the College will provide a citation in support of a renewal application for a National Award to every College member who requests one during the ACCEA Round provided they meet College criteria for 'Good Standing' (see below) and that they have not made any inaccurate statements in their draft application submitted to the RCPCH. Citations will be provided by members of the College National Ranking Committee.

Application forms and guidance are currently published by the ACCEA on their web pages and can be used to draft and submit an application (see below). Draft applications from those seeking a citation in support of a renewal application should be submitted by email to accearenewals@rcpch.ac.uk. Draft applications submitted through any other means will not be considered. Applications received after deadline will not be considered for a College citation.

Applying for a higher award

Members are reminded that those applying for renewal of an existing award can at the same time apply for a new higher level of National Award. (For example, a renewal applicant for a Silver Award can at the same time seek a new Gold Award.) Likewise, this College considers simultaneous requests for citations in support of both renewal and new applications.

Those seeking citations for new awards are required to separately follow the relevant process for the level of Award they are seeking.