Clinical Excellence Awards 2020

Have you been performing over and above the level expected of you in your role? If so, now's the time to be preparing your application for a Clinical Excellence award. 

Applying for an award

As a recognised nominating body the College can recommend a limited number of Members to the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) and provide citations to support applications.

The College is particularly interested in supporting Members who play an active role in the College.

Members who would like to apply for College support should submit the following forms to by 5pm on Monday 30 March:

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

As ever, the College particularly welcomes applications from diverse backgrounds, including those who are female and/or BAME.

Tips for maximising your success

When filling in the form, its important to

  • Follow the steps in the ACCEA application guide (please note, this link takes you to the 2019 guide at the moment as the 2020 guide has not yet been published)
  • Be clear and avoid repetition
  • Write names of societies, groups etc in full, and 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, quoting dates - the source and appropriate benchmarks wherever possible
  • Give dates of activities - concentrate on current activities or activities from the last 4-5 years even if applying for a new Bronze
  • If listing achievements, be sure to explain why this achievement is important.

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

Awards timetable


The Award round opens on Thursday 13 March.

All applications must be submitted to the College by 5pm on Monday 30 March

The person nominated to write a citation will be contacted by the College and asked to provide one. This citation 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 still 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 7 May.


The College submits ONE citation to ACCEA to support an application. 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. It is your responsibility to find someone who is willing to write the citation. All citations are signed off by the President at submission.

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 Friday 24 April. 


Members will need to put in a renewal application if:

  • They received their current award in the 2016 round
  • Their award was last renewed in 2015 (awarded in 2011, 2006, 2001)

Renewals are not included in the ranked list submitted to ACCEA but the College provides a citation to support these applications. This citation must be received at the College by Friday 24 April.

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 awards available for 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.

Further information about RCPsych supporting your application

Please contact the Awards Adminstrator at if you have further questions.

Important note

Clinical Excellence Awards are pensionable and if you do receive an award this may affect your tax liability. We recommend that you seek financial advice before finalising your application.


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