Clinical Excellence Awards

10 January 2019

Clinical Excellence Awards (CEAs) are intended to recognise and reward exceptional contribution over and above what is normally expected in a post. The awards are made to medically or dentally qualified NHS consultants for a fixed term and may be renewed following review.

In England national CEA awards are assessed by the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) administered by the Department of Health (England). The Welsh Government has arranged that national applications for CEAs will also be assessed by the ACCEA. In Northern Ireland national level applications have been suspended in recent years.

Guidance for local clinical excellence awards (LCEA) can be found on the NHS employers’ website.


The ACCEA 2019 applications will open on Thursday 07 February and is expected to follow a similar format to previous years. The timetable is extremely tight: the ACCEA closing date is 5pm on Thursday 4 April.

Application guidance for the 2019 national Clinical Excellence Awards round is available on their website. ACCEA will accept applications for new national awards and from those due to renew their award in 2019.

FICM support for awards

The FICM is registered as a nominating body. The FICM CEA committee comprises senior ICM consultants, plus a lay member. We would not normally provide support for local awards. For those considering applying at the bronze level you must consider carefully the implications of leaving any local award scheme. If you decide to apply nationally and wish to be considered by the FICM or your specialty association, you will need to comply with the timetable of the sponsoring organisation.

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

The ranking lists and citations which our organisations supply are considered to be important supplements to the evidence contained in the CVQs. It is encouraged you apply to both your specialist association and the FICM for a place on their ranking list. If you wish both organisations to consider your application, you must send your CVQ to both organisations as we do not exchange CVQ information.

Application forms for the 2019 clinical excellence awards scheme can be found here.

If you would like to be considered for FICM support, please email your completed ACCEA application forms (including the name and contact details of the person you would like to write your citation*) to by: 

  •  10am on Friday 15 February 2019 for Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum awards.

*NB: The citation writer cannot be from your hospital and cannot be the same person who is writing your citation for another organisation eg the ICS and RCoA.

Please note that we must have newly completed forms for renewal applications by the same date. Late applications will not be scored. For enquiries contact:

As with previous years, the responsibility for the actual online submission of the application to ACCEA will rest firmly with the applicant.

The deadline is: 5pm on Thursday 4 April.