Chair - Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence (ACCEA)

Body: Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence (ACCEA)
Appointing Department: Department of Health and Social Care
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £52,540 per annum
Time Requirements: Up to 2 days per week


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Dr Stuart Dollow has been appointed as Chair of the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards for 3 years from 1 June 2018.
The appointment will involve a time commitment of up to 2 days per week. Remuneration for the role will be at a rate of £52,540 per annum.
This appointment is made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Governance for Public Appointments. The regulation of public appointments against the requirements of this Code is carried out by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
The appointment is made on merit and political activity played no part in the decision process. However, in accordance with the Code, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Stuart Dollow has not declared any political activity.

Date: 01/05/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    26/01/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    20/04/2018 at 12:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Health is looking to appoint a Chair to the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA).

ACCEA is an independent Advisory Non-Departmental Public Body (ANDPB). It advises Health Ministers on the making of clinical excellence awards to consultants and academic GPs working in the NHS. The Clinical Excellence Awards Scheme is governed by common criteria and there is a common application form for all levels of award.

The Chair is appointed by the Secretary of State for Health and is accountable to the Senior Departmental Sponsor (Director General, Acute Care and Workforce), to lead the efficient, transparent and equitable delivery of the Clinical Excellence Awards (CEA) Scheme. The main areas of responsibility are to:

• provide leadership to ACCEA and its Committees to ensure that it works to achieve ACCEA’s objectives in a way that reflects the highest standards of public life and that the Scheme fully supports public sector and NHS values (e.g. those in the NHS Constitution for England)

• take personal responsibility for the effective functioning of the ACCEA Committees and secretariat; and to be responsible to members of the main ACCEA Committee, ACCEA sub-committees, professional bodies and other interested parties for the effective functioning of the CEA scheme

• ensure high quality and comprehensive assessment of applications put forward by ACCEA sub-committees and those applicants with National Nominating Body support

• to work with the Medical Director in representing the public face of ACCEA and the CEA scheme to the public, the medical profession and other NHS leaders and staff. The post holder must be credible in promoting the evolving nature of the scheme with key stakeholders including the BMA and NHS Employers

• work with the Medical Director to contribute to any discussions about the creation of a new scheme, to ensure that it is fit for purpose and that transitional arrangements are both reasonable and practical to administer

• to work with the DH policy team and CMO to develop reforms of the overall system and their implementation as required

Person Specification

Qualities required for the role of the ACCEA Chair

• To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

• A key requirement of the role will be to forge a strong working relationship with the ACCEA Medical Director.

Essential criteria
• be able to lead organisational improvement as the chair of a complex organisation, which is in part a network of committee members for whom ACCEA is only a small part of their work

• be able to rapidly develop a deep understanding of the CEA scheme and its underpinning rules, and ensure that the annual awards round is completed within the agreed timeframe

• be able to lead, motivate, negotiate and develop excellent working relationships with delivery teams and high performing people

• be an effective public communicator, able to address high-profile, complex and sensitive issues in a way that reflects public feeling

• be able to set the tone for excellent working relationships with stakeholders; including Ministers, CMO and the DH Senior Departmental Sponsor

• have a national or international reputation for leadership in your field of work

Additional Information

Ministers determine the length of appointment, which may be for up to a maximum of three years.

How to Apply

To make an application please email your CV, a supporting letter and completed monitoring forms to: – please quote ref: A17-59 in the subject field.

For further information regarding the role of the ACCEA and the role of Chair please contact:
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The Department of Health values and promotes diversity and encourage applications from all sections of the community.

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