Support announced for new applicants in 2018 round of national clinical excellence awards

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has been informed that the ACCEA (Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards) will be opening the 2018 application round for new awards and the renewal of existing ones on Tuesday 13 February in England and Wales.

As in previous years the RCP will be supporting applicants for new awards as a national nominating body. However, this is a very competitive process and there is a limit to the number of consultants we are allowed to recommend.

National awards are subject to renewal every 5 years and this is not automatic. The RCP can provide citations for renewal applicants, but renewal applicants must treat applications to the ACCEA as seriously as a new application. Consultants will need to put in a renewal application if they:

  • received their current award in the 2014 round
  • last renewed their award in 2013 (ie they were awarded in 2009, 2004 or 1999).

Deadline for applications for RCP support

To allow time to process, score and shortlist applications, the RCP support scheme opens on Thursday 1 February and closes on Thursday 1 March at 5pm.

If you have any queries about the RCP support process, please email