Clinical Excellence Awards: application guidance

Application guidance for the national Clinical Excellence Awards.



The applicants’ guide is for NHS consultants and academic GPs applying for a new or renewed award in 2021.

The employers’ guide is to help employers who are supporting an application for an award.

The nominators’ guide is for:

  • any individual or professional body who is supporting an application with a citation
  • national nominating bodies and specialist societies who are supporting and ranking applications for new awards

The assessors’ guide is for anyone assessing applications for a national clinical excellence award.

The assessors’ guide relates to previous years’ awards rounds. The application process has been simplified and the 2021 version of this guide will be published here when available.

Published 9 February 2018
Last updated 22 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated with nominators' guide for the 2021 awards round.

  2. Updated with employers' guide for the 2021 awards round.

  3. Updated with applicants' guide for the 2021 awards round.

  4. Added employers' guide for 2020 awards round.

  5. Updated with applicants' guide for the 2020 awards round of the National Clinical Excellence Awards.

  6. Updated with guidance for the 2019 awards round.

  7. First published.