National Clinical Excellence Awards 2019 – RA support guidance

National Clinical Excellence Awards 2019

The National CEA process for 2019 will open on Thursday 7 February. Guidance on applications is available online now.

This letter is to inform you that we have opened the process of applying for The Renal Association support for the 2019 National CEA. The purpose of this letter is to describe the process used by the Renal Association to support applications for awards:

1. The Renal Association can nominate individuals directly to the Advisory Committee for Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) for Bronze, Silver and Gold awards (levels 9-11), but has no direct input to local Trust decisions regarding Levels 1-8. Nominations for Platinum Awards (level 12) are handled by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). If you are applying for a platinum award then let me know and I will do what I can to provide support.

2. The 2019 ACCEA round for England and Wales opens on 7 February and closes on 4 April 2019. The ACCEA 2019 form is available here.

3. There are differences in the systems in Scotland and Northern Ireland and I do not have details of these at the present time. We will work flexibly to ensure that, wherever you work in the United Kingdom, you have access to the support of The Renal Association if and when a relevant application process is opened.

4. The Royal College of Physicians has a separate process for advising the ACCEA on prioritising applications for awards; The Renal Association has input into this process, providing a ranked list to the London College. The College process inviting self-nomination is now open. RCP guidance is available here. I recommended that you seek College as well as Renal Association support for your application.

5. The Renal Association has a well-defined process for ranking applications for support. If you wish to seek Renal Association support, you will need to send the secretariat the papers specified below by 5pm Monday 11 March 2019. Please send applications torenal@renal.org titled “ACCEA” followed by the level you are applying for and your surname.

6. The BAPN is not large enough to be considered a nominating body in its own right, and so nominates candidates through the RCPCH. However, paediatric nephrologists are also welcome to apply for support through the Renal Association.

7. Both The Renal Association and the Royal College of Physicians believe that equality of opportunity is fundamental and nominations will be made on the basis of excellence regardless of race, religion, ethnic origin, disability, age, gender and sexual orientation.

8. Self-nomination is also encouraged by ACCEA. You each have the right to nominate yourself directly to ACCEA whether or not you are supported through The Renal Association and Royal College processes.

  • Please see 2019 guidance on application here.
  • Please see 2019 application forms here.
  • You do not need to apply for Renal Association support for renewal of an existing national award, but the Association will help by providing citations for renewal applications if you so request. These citations are not limited in number and I will provide support as requested for all RA consultant members who are applying for renewal.

If you decide to apply for an award, whether or not you receive support from The Renal Association, it is your responsibility to ensure that your application is submitted by the deadline on the ACCEA website. Application is online.

To apply for Renal Association support, please download the relevant forms which can be found on the ACCEA website.

Complete these and forward to renal@renal.org. If you have a major teaching, research or management portfolio which you wish to be considered, Bronze and Silver applicants may also choose to submit one of the supplementary forms. Gold applicants may submit two supplementary forms. Please remember that the Renal Association will not be submitting these forms to the ACCEA and that the copies received will be only be used within the Renal Association for the nomination selection process.

You will be informed ahead of the ACCEA deadline whether or not the Renal Association has been able to nominate you for support. The number of nominations made at each level for new awards is restricted, being governed by the size of our membership. The Renal Association will prioritise those members who make a substantial contribution to our specialty over and above that which would be expected within an individual’s usual job plan, whether through delivery of clinical service, education and training, or research (or combinations thereof).

I hope that this is all clear, but if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me via email.

Yours sincerely

Dr Graham Lipkin, President, The Renal Association.