Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) 2021

2021 Clinical Excellence Awards – Opening 7th December 2020

The 2021 Clinical Excellence Awards will open on Monday 7th December 2020 and closes at 17:00 on Thursday 18th March 2021.

The application process has been subject to a full review during 2020. The BOA participated in the review focus groups and made recommendations regarding timescales and general improvements to the process. We are pleased to inform you that following this review the following changes have been made:

  • Overall application window has been extended from 8 to 14 weeks and the application process simplified.
  • Additional forms for domains 3, 4 and 5 have been removed.
  • The character limit for each domain has been increased to 2,000 characters.
  • A separate publication section of 1,350 characters in Domain 4.
  • As a national specialist society, the BOA, is no longer invited to provide support for renewals. These should be submitted directly to the ACCEA.

The latest guidance can be found here and further information is available on the ACCEA website.

Any members who wish the BOA to consider supporting them for a national award should complete an application form and supplementary form(s) (as appropriate), and return this to by 12:00 on Monday 25th January 2021. The application, supplementary forms and guidance notes are available here.

Applications for Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards must be received by us by the deadline of 12:00 on Monday 25th January 2021. Please note that it will not be possible for us to process any applications for BOA support received after this.

If you are considering applying for a Platinum award, the BOA is not able to put forward nominations, but you can contact us for advice on seeking a nomination through the Royal Colleges. For Royal College of Surgeons of England platinum applications must be submitted to them by Thursday 7th January 2021.

All specialty associations are strictly limited in the number of citations they may give and demand typically exceeds the BOA’s allocation by a significant margin. The final BOA list of names will be forwarded by mid-February to the relevant Royal College (England or Edinburgh) who are subject to similar limitations and may also consider providing a supporting citation. Those being supported will be notified by the BOA President and should let their Trust know of their BOA support. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified by the BOA President.

In this round the ACCEA will accept applications for new national awards from consultants working for the NHS in England and Wales and for renewed awards from those due to renew their award in 2021. This includes those who were due to renew in 2020 and whose awards were extended by one year.

Award holders will need to submit a renewal application if:

  • they received their current award in the 2017 round
  • their award was last renewed in 2016 (awarded in 2012, 2007, 2002)
  • their award was due to be renewed in 2020 and was extended by one year

If you are likely to move employer or retire in the next 18 months you should ask the ACCEA for their advice.

There are some important points to note when applying:

  • You will need to submit your form to the BOA in the first instance and then submit a self-nomination form on-line, direct to ACCEA.
  • Anyone applying to us should apply separately to their College (where applicable): if you feature on our ranked list but have not applied directly to the College, then we cannot put you forward for consideration by them.
  • ACCEA does not invite Platinum citations from specialty associations as these applications are dealt with at College and ACCEA level; however, we can and will make informal recommendations to the Presidents of the Royal Medical Colleges where appropriate.

A ‘Guide for National Awards Applicants’ is available but we would offer the following guidance. Surgeons are strongly advised to read this carefully.
Tips for completion of applications include the following:

  • Use bullet points in domain entries
  • List dates (list only achievements since the last award, if applicable)
  • Do not use acronyms
  • Your job plan is a very important part of the application
  • Clearly demonstrate the impact of achievements including where achievements are over and above contractual requirements

Finally, in order to qualify for any award it is essential to provide clear evidence of achievement against the criteria on the application form. This evidence must cover the relevant time scales.

The five domains being assessed are

  • Delivering a high-quality service
  • Developing a high-quality service
  • Leading and managing a high-quality service
  • Research and innovation
  • Teaching and training