Following the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK, the ACCEA has suspended the 2020 ACCEA Round for both England and Wales till further notice for all applicants, New and Renewal.
Those hoping to renew in the 2020 Award Round (Awards due to expire 1 April 2021) will have their existing Award expiry date extended by 1 year so that they are not disadvantaged.
ACCEA will keep plans for new applications - for the 2020 and future Award Rounds - under review based on the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
The latest information will continue to be updated on the DHSC ACCEA web page.
Those due to renew in 2020 must ensure ACCEA have the e-mail address at which they should be contacted with updates by logging in to the ACCEA online system.
The RCPCH too has frozen all work to contribute to the 2020 ACCEA round in order to focus our resources on the response to COVID-19. The College is monitoring updates form the DHSC ACCEA.
Information on the status of the College process at the point where work was paused follows below.
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.
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 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.
When applying to a Round 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 2019 a total of 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 23 Bronze citations were permitted to the College by the ACCEA for all members applying from across England and Wales.
How applications for College citations 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 seek College support
Application forms and guidance are published by the ACCEA on their web pages (see below). Applications on the previous year's application forms are accepted.
The ACCEA accepts College citations in support of renewal CEA applications. 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 the College criteria for 'Good Standing' (see below link) 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.
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.)