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Clinical Excellence Awards 2018

The Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) has announced that the 2018 round is now open.

The Clinical Excellence Awards recognise outstanding performance in a range of areas. If you think you might be eligible for an award, please see the ACCEA website for further details.  

Read ACCEA's guidance for applicants, nominators, employers and assessors.

Applying for an award

As a recognised nominating body the Royal College of Psychiatrists is permitted to recommend a limited number of members to ACCEA and provide citations to support applications.

Members who would like to apply for College support should submit the following forms to by 5pm Tuesday 27 February:

Please also complete ONE of the following if you're applying for a Bronze or Silver award, up to TWO if you are applying for a Gold award, and up to THREE if you are applying for Platinum:

For members applying directly to ACCEA without College support please note the application deadline is 5pm Thursday 12 April 2018.


Tips for Maximising your Success

When filling in the form it is important to:

  • Follow the steps in the ACCEA application guide
  • Draft the submission in Word and use spellcheck and character count
  • Be clear and avoid repetition
  • Write names of societies, groups, etc. in full; do not use acronyms - write as you would for a lay member and remember that people reading the application may not know you
  • Use facts and figures - quote dates, the source and appropriate benchmarks wherever possible
  • Give dates for activities – concentrate on current activities or activities from the last four or five years even if applying for a new Bronze
  • If listing achievements be sure to explain why this achievement is important

For further questions on the application process please contact the ACCEA Secretariat on 020 7972 4608 or email


Awards Timetable


The Award round opens on Tuesday 13 February. All applications must be submitted to the College by 5pm Tuesday 27 February.

The person you have suggested to write your citation will be contacted and asked to provide one, this will then be submitted on behalf of the College.

If you are not successful in being included on the College list but would still like to apply for an award the College can submit this citation to support your application.


The applications received are then circulated to the Chairs of Faculties and Divisions and they are asked to rank them using ACCEA’s five domains.


These domains are:

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

The College’s Clinical Excellence Awards Committee then meets and a final list is decided. 

Following this meeting members will be informed as to whether they have been successful in being included on the College’s list.


The College Awards Administrator will upload the final ranked list with supporting citations to ACCEA.

Individuals on the College’s list will be advised to submit their application to ACCEA if they have not already done so.

It will be your responsibility – not the College’s – to complete an online application on the ACCEA website complete with the supporting employer’s statement from your chief executive or nominated deputy by 5pm on Thursday 12 April.



The College sends ONE citation on behalf of each nominee submitted to ACCEA. Citations must be drafted specifically for the College and must focus on international or national rather than local achievements.  This citation should be written by someone who is familiar with your work and its impact.

As the citation should not duplicate information on your form, it is advisable to provide the person drafting the citation with a copy of your completed application form.

The deadline for receiving citations at the College is Wednesday 14 March.


Members will need to put in a renewal application if:

  • They received their current award in 2014
  • Their award was last renewed in 2013

Renewals are not included in the ranked list submitted to ACCEA but the College provides a citation to support the application. This citation must be received at the College by Wednesday 14 March.

Since the 2014 National Awards round you can opt to renew your Silver, Gold or Platinum award at the same level or at a lower level; your decision should be based on what level of award you consider your supporting evidence to be appropriate for.

In recent years the number of renewals has decreased and the process has become more competitive.

ACCEA guidelines state that ‘consultants are advised to give as much attention to completing an application for the renewal of an award as they would give to submitting an application for a new award.’

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Awards Administrator at if you have any further questions.


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