About us

The Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) advises health ministers on the presentation of clinical excellence awards to consultants working in the NHS.


Awards are given for quality, excellence, and exceptional personal contributions. We are responsible for:

  • approving the criteria for assessing candidates
  • overseeing the process for judging nominations
  • considering all nominations for platinum (level 12) awards
  • recommending consultants for national awards: bronze, silver, gold and platinum (levels 9 to 12)
  • recommending consultants for renewal of awards, taking into account advice from chairs and vice chairs of the regional sub-committees
  • supporting employer-based awards processes to ensure a fair, open and transparent scheme
  • considering the development of the scheme


Our priorities are to:

  • continue to deliver an effective clinical excellence awards scheme to an annual timetable
  • maintain a viable clinical excellence awards scheme against a background of NHS financial pressure
  • work with a wide range of stakeholders, both internal and external, to manage expectations and the sensitivities arising from review of clinical excellence awards
  • support the development of a new awards scheme and ensure transitional arrangements are in place for the current scheme
  • continue to improve the effectiveness of the ACCEA secretariat internal business and financial processes
  • continue to provide high quality support to ministers and accountability to Parliament