The Clinical Excellence Awards are becoming the National Clinical Impact Awards to reflect the change in emphasis in their reforms. The ACCEA called on BSGE members to help to recognise, retain and reward the highest performing consultant doctors, dentists and academic GPs working in the NHS.

The ACCEA are looking for assessors to join their sub-committee scoring panels to assess applications between June and July 2022 and are recruiting from across disciplines. The assessors play a critical role in making sure that scoring is fair and impartial for all applicants.

The ACCEA welcome assessors who are:

  • Professional members(practising consultants), who can consider applications from a peer’s point of view. This might include consultant doctors, dentists and academic GPs who are eligible to apply for an award.
  • Employer members(Managers from Trusts and Arm’s Length Bodies or other organisations such as ICOs employing eligible clinicians), who can consider applications from an employer’s perspective and whether the applicant brings benefits back to their organisation and the wider NHS. Examples include HR Directors, Medical Directors and Chief Executives.
  • Lay / Non medical professional members(objective individuals), who will be knowledgeable about the workings of the NHS and may have lay involvement in healthcare and experience of the patients’ perspective. This could include people with healthcare system experience, other professions that are not medical or retired medical professionals. Lay / non medical professional members are remunerated for their time in meetings and in assessing awards

ACCEA’s commitment to creating inclusive awards

The new NCIAs seek to encourage more applications from previously under-represented groups, such as female consultants and consultants from ethnic minority backgrounds. This is to ensure fair and un-biased scoring. Omarah Adam,  ACCEA Secretariat said:

‘We recognise the importance of having wider representation on our scoring panels, too – so we particularly welcome assessors from these under-represented groups.’

 She added:

We hope you will volunteer to join our scoring panels. We appreciate that supporting us in this way will mean you giving your time and commitment, but we hope you’ll want to be involved in recognising the outstanding contributions of your colleagues.’

To help you understand what’s involved, click for background information about the role, the training and support ACCEA offers and how becoming an ACCEA sub-committee member could bring benefits for you.

To join ACCEA click to download an application form or send a query FAO Omarah Adam at along with a short CV that summarises your experience. The closing date for applications is 25th March, 2022.