Clinical Excellence Awards to be awarded in 2021

The RCPsych is pleased to announce that the 2021 Clinical Excellence Awards are now open for submissions and will close at 5pm on Thursday 18 March 2021.

The RCPsych is pleased to announce that the 2021 Clinical Excellence Awards are now open for submissions and will close at 5pm on Thursday 18 March 2021.

In line with our College values, and our soon-to-be-published Equality Action Plan, we would welcome nominations from members of all backgrounds, particularly female and Black, Asian and minority ethnic College doctors.

As a recognised nominating body, the Royal College of Psychiatrists is able to recommend a limited number of members to ACCEA in the form of a ranked list and can provide citations to support these applications. 

Members who would like to apply for College support must submit their forms to awards@rcpsych.ac.uk by 5pm on Thursday 4 February.

The Clinical Excellence Awards – which are overseen by the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards – recognise and reward exceptional contribution, from NHS doctors in England and Wales, over and above what is normally expected in a post, particularly where it has had a demonstrable national and international impact.

ACCEA is conscious of the pressures all NHS staff are under as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic and of the work they are doing to protect public health and wellbeing. In response the following changes have been made to the application process for 2021:

  • the application window has been extended from eight to 14 weeks 
  • additional forms for domains 3, 4 and 5 have been removed and instead the character limit on the main form has been increased
  • citations only need to be provided for new applicants included on the College’s ranked list
  • the Employer’s sign-off has been limited to answering a series of yes/no statements and stating a level of support for the application.

More information and guidance for applicants can be found on the ACCEA website. Guides for nominators, employers and assessors will be updated in the coming weeks.  

Applying for College support

As a recognised nominating body the Royal College of Psychiatrists is able to recommend a limited number of members to ACCEA in the form of a ranked list and can provide citations to support these applications. 

Members who would like to apply for College support must submit the following forms to awards@rcpsych.ac.uk by 5pm on Thursday 4 February:

Platinum applications undergo a similar process scored and ranked by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, therefore members seeking support for a Platinum award please submit your forms by the earlier date of 5pm on 28 January.

The College would welcome applications from members of all backgrounds and would particularly like to encourage applications from female and Black, Asian and minority ethnic members, an aim shared by ACCEA. Female consultants are underrepresented as a proportion of total applicants but have similar success rates when they apply.

Tips for maximising your success

When filling in the form it is important to:

  • follow the steps in the ACCEA application guide 
  • keep in mind the assessment criteria 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 accea.secretariat@dh.gsi.gov.uk

Awards timetable

December

The award round opened on Monday 7 December.

January

Platinum applications must be submitted to the College by 5pm on Thursday 28 January.

Gold, Silver and Bronze applications must be submitted to the College by 5pm on Thursday 4 February

February

A request will be sent out to the person nominated to write your citation. If you are included on the ranked list this citation will be submitted on behalf of the College.

Unlike in previous years the College will only be able to provide a citation for successful applicants.

March

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:

  • 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 meets and a final list is decided. The committee this year will be comprised of:

  • RCPsych President, Dr Adrian James
  • RCPsych Registrar, Dr Trudi Seneviratne
  • RCPsych Dean, Dr Kate Lovett
  • RCPsych Treasurer, Dr Jan Falkowski
  • one Lay Representative.

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 employer’s sign-off from your chief executive or nominated deputy by 5pm on Thursday 18 March

Citations

The College will send one citation on behalf of each nominee submitted to ACCEA. Citations must be drafted specifically for the College and must focus on national or international rather than local achievements. The citation should be written by someone 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 Thursday 4 March

Renewals

Members will need to put in 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

Renewals are not included in the ranked list submitted to ACCEA and this year those applying for a renewal are not required to submit a College citation. 

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 the level of award for which you consider your supporting evidence to be appropriate.

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 awards@rcpsych.ac.uk if you have any further questions. 

 

 



 

 

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