Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards

Terms of Reference

To advise health ministers on the making of clinical excellence awards to consultants working in the NHS as defined in guidance by:

  • ensuring that the criteria against which candidates will be assessed reflect achievement over and above what is normally expected contractually
  • overseeing the process by which all nominations will be judged, taking account of advice given by its regional subcommittees for level 9 (national) – 11 (bronze, silver and gold) awards
  • considering all nominations for level 12 (platinum) awards taking advice from the subcommittees on any relevant local information available
  • recommending consultants for level 9 (national) – 12 (bronze, silver, gold and platinum) awards with regard to the available funding, taking account of advice from the chair and medical director and regional subcommittees
  • recommending consultants for continuation of their awards through the review process taking account of advice from the chair and medical director and regional subcommittees
  • quality assuring the employer based awards processes to ensure NHS employers operate a fair, open and transparent scheme
  • overseeing and monitoring that systems are in place to enable consultants to make appeals against the process, and for any concerns and complaints to be considered
  • considering the need for development of the scheme
  • considering other business relevant to the development and delivery of the scheme

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The main committee members for ACCEA are:

  • Professor Jonathan Montgomery, Chair
  • Dr David Lindsell, Medical Director

Ex-officio members

  • Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health
  • Mr David Nicholson, Chief Executive, NHS
  • Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director, NHS
  • Director General Workforce Development, Department of Health

Professional members

  • Professor Terence Stephenson, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  • Professor Robert Lechler, Universities UK
  • Dr Jonathan Fielden, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine

Employer representatives

  • Dr Frank Harsent, Chief Executive, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Lay representatives

  • Miss Jane Kelly Management Consultant
  • Mrs Madeleine Wang, Patient Advocate and Carer
  • Ms Mary Elford, Non-Executive Director

National Assembly for Wales Representative
Mr David Sissling, Chief Executive, NHS Wales

Regional subcommittee members
See the list of regional subcommittee members for ACCEA

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