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Clinical Excellence

The 2020 round of Clinical Excellence Awards will open formally on Friday 13 March and close at 5pm on Friday 13 May 2020.

The ABN opened for applications on Thursday 23 January 2020 and will close at 23.59 on Sunday 1 March 2020. Please note: The deadline for applications for ABN support is different to the RCP deadline.


Information about the RCP process is available here. ABN members wishing to apply for ABN support may use RCP forms or the ACCEA forms given in the links below.

Formal ACCEA applications will open 13 March 2020 and close on 7 May.

Deadline for applications for ABN support is 1 March 2020.

The ACCEA form will not be released until the 20 February but it is thought it will not change significantly from previous years. Past forms may be accessed in the links below and used for applications for ABN support.

More ACCEA information available via the ACCEA website.

The process covers awards at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, in England and Wales. Awards at Platinum Level are recommended under a different procedure, via the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges at the RCP.

Below is a summary of the advice to ABN Consultant Members.

ACCEA application guidance

ACCEA personal statements from new award holders in the 2018 round

ACCEA application forms (all)

Form A Application form

Form B Citation

Form D Research and innovation

Form E Teaching and training

Form F Leadership management

General Introduction on the Scheme

Clinical excellence awards recognise and reward NHS consultants who perform ‘over and above’ the standard expected of their role. Awards are given for quality and excellence, acknowledging exceptional personal contributions. To be considered for an award, you will have to demonstrate achievements in developing and delivering high quality patient care, and commitment to the continuous improvements of the NHS. Members are referred to the ‘Guide for Applicants’ which is available from the Department of Health website.

The ABN is permitted to nominate the following: 8 bronze, 4 silver and 2 gold. ACCEA does not invite platinum nominations from specialist societies, however the ABN may provide citations as appropriate.

There are 12 levels of award. In England, levels 1-8 are awarded locally (employed based awards) and levels 10-12 (silver, gold and platinum) are awarded nationally in England and Wales. Level 9 awards (bronze) in England can be awarded locally as employer based awards or nationally. ACCEA and its sub committees recommend individuals for bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards. Applications for levels 1-9 are recommended by employer based committees.

The ABN has ACCEA approval as a nominating body for higher awards, and any neurologist who intends to apply for a clinical excellence award in 2020 is encouraged to apply also for ABN support by sending us a copy of your completed self-nomination form. It is also advisable to apply to the RCP for support.


BRONZE If you already hold discretionary points, or a level 1-8 award, or commitment awards in Wales or no award, you may apply for a bronze award.

SILVER Those holding a bronze award may apply for a silver award. Those members holding a B distinction award may apply for a silver award ONLY.

GOLD Those members holding a silver award may apply for a gold.

If you have a national award already and are submitting a 5-yearly review application, we suggest that you apply the same attention to this as you would to a new application. There may be pressure on the total number of awards, so you should make the case for renewal as strongly as possible.

Those Nearing Retirement

Whilst there is no upper age limit for applications, ACCEA aims to reward continuing, sustained contributions, and so does not expect applications from consultants intending to retire in the near future.

Part Time Consultants

Those working part time are eligible for clinical excellence awards, and will be paid on a pro rata basis.

The ABN CEA Panel will include the following members:

  • President (David Burn)
  • President-Elect (Tom Warner)
  • Honorary Secretary (Jon Sussman)
  • Meeting Secretary (Richard Davenport)
  • Two members of Council
  • Lay member

Ranking of Applications

The ABN CEA Panel individually scores each of the six domains on each application (personal statement, delivering a high quality service, developing a high quality service, managing a high quality service, research and teaching) and rank the resulting list in priority order.

Citations The ABN CEA Panel will then prepare citations for individual applications (to be used by the Royal College and also later by ACCEA itself), inevitably concentrating upon their specialist and national contributions. We wish citations to be as accurate and supportive as possible, so if you have a preference for any particular senior neurologist to write your ABN citation please let us know. It is, however, essential that those writing citations should NOT to be from the same institution as yourself.


Those who are included on the ranked ABN lists will be informed by the ABN office.

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