Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards 2020

Please note that applications for the 2020 Clinical Excellence Awards have been suspended due to the increasing impact of COVID-19 on all NHS staff.

We will provide further guidance as they are announced.

Guidelines for applicants seeking support from the Royal College of Anaesthetists

College ACCEA Nominations 2020 Round

Professor William Harrop-Griffiths and Professor Jaideep Pandit will be leading the process this year with administrative support provided by project manager, Jonathan Whale.

ACCEA will open the 2020 round on Friday 13 March and it will close at 5.00 pm on Thursday 7 May, thus allowing approximately eight weeks to complete the process. On this basis the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ process will run to the timetable below.

The College will accept applications from consultants for new Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, and will conduct a scoring, ranking and nomination process in accordance with ACCEA guidance.

The College can also support applications for renewal of awards by including application forms in the scoring process and submitting citations on behalf of renewal applicants. Although renewal application forms will not be ranked or nominated, we will provide feedback to applicants on their forms. Applicants for renewal of national awards who do not wish their forms to be scored can receive College citations: they must supply citations to the deadlines described below.

                                                                           Friday 27 March – 9am

This is the absolute deadline for consultants who wish to apply for Bronze, Silver and Gold national awards to submit application forms.

It is also the deadline for those renewal applicants who wish the College to score and comment on their forms.

Forms should be submitted as Word documents to

Please identify the name and email address of one citation writer and include this information in your email submission. The citation writer should be a colleague who knows of your work but who is not also an employee of your employer. Please ask your citation writer to draft the citation in accordance with our guidance well in advance of the date that it will be requested.

Bronze applications will be forwarded by the College to Regional Co-ordinators for review; they will offer you guidance if appropriate. If you are advised to amend your form please submit the revised version to no later than 5pm on Friday 3 April

Silver and Gold applications will not be shared with Regional Co-ordinators.

                                                                             Tuesday 21 April

The National Ranking Meeting will take place at the College on Tuesday 21 April, following this the outcome will be communicated to applicants.

Citations will be required for those applicants which the College agrees to support. The College will contact citation writers identified by applicants by email to request citations. The deadline for citations is Tuesday 28th April.  

                                                                        Tuesday 28 April by 9am

This is the absolute deadline for citations for both new award and renewal applicants to be emailed to

Once finalised, the College will upload the final citation to the ACCEA online system.

Please note: The College can only upload citations once the applicant has formally applied online with the ACCEA system, therefore we advise you to add your application well ahead of the deadline.

                                                                  Thursday 7 May 2020, by 5.00 pm

2020 Round Closes

As in 2019, there will be about 300 national awards for England and Wales. During the 2020 round the College will be able to support all Bronze applications, but only 5 Silver and 2 Gold applications for new awards. We must emphasise that it is imperative that we only submit applications of the highest quality that stand a significant chance of success.

If your Trust does not award local points please include this in your CVQ along with an indication of when you were last able to apply for local points, and please ask the Medical Director/Chief Executive to reflect this in their citation.

The guides to applicants are available on the ACCEA website and are similar to the 2019 round guides.

If there are extenuating circumstances that have affected your application, such as ill health in yourself or a close family member, you should inform the ACCEA secretariat as soon as possible, i.e. before the deadline for submission. Although the extenuating circumstances should be mentioned in your application, you should have contacted the secretariat separately before submitting your application.

I must emphasise again that this is a totally electronic submission process and that it is the responsibility of the individual nominee (and not the College or the Trust) to ensure that their application is submitted electronically to ACCEA ahead of the deadline. The College’s only responsibility is to produce a ranked list of nominations, accompanied by national citations for each nominee, submitted by email.

Professor Ravi Mahajan