Clinical Excellence Awards

The Royal College of Pathologists is one of the recognised Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) national nominating bodies. As such, we are permitted to nominate a limited number of applicants but are also keen to help pathologists with supportive citations. With College support over the last few years the success rates for pathologists have improved relative to other medical and dental specialties.

Please note that applying for College support opens Thursday 5 February 2019

Timeline for 2019 applications

  • The 2019 ACCEA round opens on Thursday 5 February 2019.
  • The deadline for applying for College support and submitting all documentation, including citation, is 5pm on Friday 8 March 2019.
  • The ACCEA round closes at 5pm on Thursday 4 April 2019. 

Who can seek support from the College?

NHS consultants in England and Wales can choose to seek support from the College for their application for a national level award. For Platinum applications, the College will assess prior to submission to the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. For renewals, the College will assess the applications for citation to ACCEA in support.

Consultants who have made a substantial contribution to the NHS, but are not permanently, wholly or principally employed in an NHS position, may also make a submission to the College for support. However, College support does not denote eligibility to receive an award. For definitive details applicants are advised to check with ACCEA.

How do I submit my application?

For all levels of national awards, from Bronze to Platinum, the date for submission for College support is 5pm on Friday 8 March 2019.

In order to be considered please email the following to before the deadline:

  • your completed application
  • cover sheet
  • draft citation to a character limit of 1350 (including spaces)
  • equality and diversity monitoring form.

Download a cover sheet and diversity monitoring form below.

Late applications, or ones not accompanied by the completed documentation above, will not be considered. 

The College will acknowledge all submissions and then inform all applicants of the outcome as soon as the College's Clinical Excellence Awards panel (CEAP) has met. Learn more about the CEAP's process by downloading their terms of reference. 

Please note that citations (to character limit of 1350) must be submitted with your application.

Maximising your success

When preparing your application, forms from last year’s round of awards can be used as a guide before the new forms become available.

The standard for renewals is at least as high as that for new awards. To maximise your score, it’s important to: 

  • write for the lay members of the regional ACCEA panels – use no unexplained abbreviations, acronyms or jargon
  • draft the submission in Word and use spellcheck as well as character count
  • be clear and avoid repetition. To quote ACCEA in 2017, “If it is not clear we assume obfuscation.”
  • only include achievements from the last four or five years – even if applying for a new Bronze
  • use facts and figures as much as possible.

When structuring your application, use one paragraph per achievement. Each paragraph should include as a minimum:

  • date/s and description of achievement including benchmark data if available
  • an unambiguous statement about your role in the achievement
  • a clear explanation of why the achievement is important to patients.

The ACCEA is an authoritative source of information for the English scheme, and further application guidance can be found on its website.