Terms of reference

Our terms of reference are to advise Health Ministers on the making of clinical excellence awards to consultants working in the NHS as defined in guidance by:

  • ensuring that the criteria against which candidates will be assessed reflect achievement over and above what is normally expected contractually
  • overseeing the process by which all nominations will be judged, taking account of advice given by its regional sub-committees for level 9 (national) to 11 (bronze, silver and gold) awards
  • considering all nominations for level 12 (platinum) awards taking advice from the sub-committees on any relevant local information available
  • recommending consultants for level 9 (national) to 12 (bronze, silver, gold and platinum) awards with regard to the available funding, taking account of advice from the chair and medical director and regional sub-committees
  • recommending consultants for continuation of their awards through the review process taking account of advice from the chair and medical director and regional sub-committees
  • overseeing and monitoring that systems are in place to enable consultants to make appeals against the process, and for any concerns and complaints to be considered
  • considering the need for development of the scheme
  • considering other business relevant to the development and delivery of the scheme