National Clinical Excellence Awards (CEA) 2020 Round - BASHH SUPPORT

28th January 2020

New and Renewal Awards

The ACCEA National round for national awards opens on Thursday, 13th February 2020 and closes at 5pm on Thursday 9th April 2020.

BASHH members who wish to be considered for BASHH support for a national Clinical Excellence Award (CEA) in England and Wales and those who are renewing their award and want a citation from BASHH need to fill in the appropriate forms (CVQs).  The forms are available at the bottom of this document or by clicking here.  These are the 2019 forms but we are advised that they will not be changing for the 2020 round.

It must be clear what you have done since your last award and all achievements must be dated.  Please ensure that you check the character count and do not exceed the maximum characters allowed.

We will mark the personal statements for contributions to BASHH.  Therefore, please ensure that you orientate your ‘personal statement’ on the form you submit to BASHH to focus on your activities for BASHH.

Silver and Bronze applicants may submit one of the additional forms only whereas Gold applicants can submit up to two additional forms.

Top ten tips are available (see end of document), complied by members of the BASHH CEA committee who have marked forms/been on other ACCEA committees.

The closing date for the receipt of applications to be considered by BASHH is:

Sunday, 1st March 2020 at Midnight

Please submit your forms to and copy to

Forms will not be considered if received after that date and time.

Please read and follow the ACCEA Applicants’ Guide for New and Renewed Awards, which can be accessed via the following link:  Reading the ACCEA Assessors’ Guide, accessible via the same link, may also help you with your form.


Consultants will need to put in a renewal application if:

  • they received their curreny award in the 2016 round
  • their award was last renewed in 2015 (awarded in 2011, 2006, 2001)

Renewals are considered against the standard applicable for new awards.  Please ensure that you follow the guidance as for new awards.  You only have one chance for renewal so do not miss the ACCEA deadline and make the best job possible of your form otherwise you may lose your award or it may be downgraded.  You can now choose to renew your silver, gold or platinum award at the same level or at a lower level. 

BASHH Support

BASHH can provide a citation to support new applicants and renewals.  If you wish BASHH to provide a citation then you must submit your forms to BASHH.  Please make it clear in the e-mail to BASHH with your attached submission forms whether you are applying for a new award, a new award and a renewal, or a renewal only.  If you are renewing please state at which level you are applying to renew your award.

For Scottish renewals please send the relevant form if you are requesting a citation for renewal.

The deadline for the submission of forms for BASHH support for ‘new’ or ‘new and renewal’ or ‘renewal’ awards is:

Sunday, 1st March 2020 at Midnight

Forms should be submitted to and copied to

Forms will not be considered if submitted after the above date and time.

BASHH Process

Forms submitted by the deadline will be scored by the BASHH CEA committee.  The committee members mark all domains, including the personal statement.  

The personal statement will be marked for contributions to BASHH.  Therefore, please ensure that you orientate your ‘personal statement’ on the form you submit to BASHH to focus on your activities for BASHH.  
Your personal statement on the ACCEA online form needs to encompass all your achievements and may be different to your BASHH submission.

The committee will meet on 17th March 2020 and discuss the applications and collated scores.  For new applications that are supported a ranked list is produced.  For renewal applications that are supported a ranked list is not required.  

A member of the committee will be identified to suggest any changes to the form before you submit to your Trust (depending on time lines) and write the citation.

The Royal College of Physicians has a separate process.  The RCP form and details will be provided online by the RCP.  The RCP also usually asks you to ‘weight’ your personal statement for achievements relating to RCP activities i.e. you may wish to use a different personal statement for RCP compared with BASHH and compared with your final submission to ACCEA.

To have a greater chance of success you need support from your Trust and from one or more other organisations so please submit to the RCP and/or other nominating bodies if you can.

Practical Tips

It is easier to adjust and edit the content of your forms if you do the sections as a Word document and then cut and paste onto the CVQs for BASHH and the online forms for the RCP and ACCEA.  Remember the character count includes spaces as well as characters.  

Clarity of the form is essential and often ‘more is less’.  Make it clear what you have done since your last award and date all achievements.

The BASHH top ten tips document is provided below.

If you require any further advice or help, please contact Elizabeth Carlin, Secretary of the BASHH CEA Committee via email ( in the first instance.

Application Form

Teaching and Training Form

Research and Innovation Form

Leadership Management Form

Top Tips

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