Terms of reference

The Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) advises health ministers on the making of clinical excellence awards to NHS and public health consultants, and academic GPs. We:

  • ensure that the criteria against which candidates are assessed reflect achievement over and above what is normally expected contractually

  • oversee the process by which all applications are judged, taking account of advice given by our regional sub-committees for bronze, silver and gold awards and by the platinum sub-committee for platinum awards

  • recommend consultants and academic GPs for bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards with regard to the number of new awards allocated by ministers, taking account of advice from the chair and medical director and sub-committees

  • recommend consultants and academic GPs for continuation of their awards through the review process, taking account of advice from the chair and medical director and sub-committees

  • oversee and monitor a system that enables applicants to make appeals against the process, and for any concerns and complaints to be considered

  • develop the administration of the scheme, taking into account issues encountered and feedback received