Medical Director to the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards

Body: Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards
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 around two days per week


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

Professor Kevin Davies has been appointed as Medical Director of the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards for 3 years from 1 July 2020.

The appointments will involve a time commitment of 2 to 3 days per week. Remuneration for the roles will be at a rate of £52,540 per year.

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 appointments are 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. Professor Davies has not declared any political activity.

Date: 01/06/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    16/12/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Medical Director is appointed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to assist and support the Chair in the efficient and transparent delivery and governance of the National Clinical Excellence Awards (CEA) scheme. The main areas of responsibility are to:

  • advise on the medical and professional aspects of the scheme, to include reviews of eligibility, changes of circumstances and other matters arising relating to existing and prospective award holders;
  • together with the Chair, ensure that consultants who are recommended for new awards represent the highest standards of excellence and that they and successful renewals are justified by the evidence submitted by the consultants. This involves quality assuring new applications and meeting with and presenting applications of interest to ACCEA’s regional sub-committees to agree recommendations to ACCEA’s Main Committee;
  • together with the Chair, review and approve applications for sub-committee membership, monitoring diversity and representation from professional, lay and employer groups; and
  • work with the Chair to contribute to the discussions with the Department about revisions to the national clinical excellence awards scheme, to ensure that it is fit for purpose and that transitional arrangements are both reasonable and practical to administer.

Person Specification

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.

You must confirm that you hold or have held a senior medical or dental post in NHS employment or have been an academic general practitioner. You may be retired and need not currently hold a licence to practice from the General Medical Council or General Dental Council, but you will be likely to have been in a senior role in the NHS recently. If you do not hold a licence to practice, you must be registered with either the General Medical or Dental Councils.

In addition, you must also:

  • be forward looking, objective and innovative, with sound judgement and attention to detail;
  • have a proven track record of effective negotiating skills, demonstrating the ability to secure the confidence of people who work in the field and use the NHS;
  • have experience of successful change management; and
  • have an appreciation of the ways in which developments in national policy influence the operation of a scheme to reward consultants.

Desirable criteria

  • You will have held a national excellence award (preferably an A or A+ Distinction Award or a Gold or Platinum Clinical Excellence Award).


Additional Information

Note from the Chair

“The Medical Director role is pivotal to the in-depth governance process and thus the credibility and standards of the national Clinical Excellence Awards scheme. His or her deep personal understanding of the challenges and working environment of the NHS, along with the ability to contextualise the evidence submitted, are essential to shaping the scheme and its operations and to ensuring the most deserving clinicians are recognised for their impact on patients and the wider NHS.”

Stuart Dollow, Chair of ACCEA

Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards role and responsibilities

The Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) is the independent advisory non-departmental public body responsible for the operation of the national Clinical Excellence Awards scheme in England and Wales. It advises Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) Ministers and the Welsh Government on the granting of new awards.

Clinical Excellence Awards (CEAs) recognise and reward consultant doctors and dentists and academic General Practitioners who provide clear evidence of clinical excellence, demonstrating achievements that are significantly over and above what they would normally be expected to deliver in their roles. These achievements are in the areas of: developing and delivering high quality services, leadership, research, innovation, and teaching and training –important activities for ongoing improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of the NHS.

Broadly, we:

  • Ensure that the criteria against which candidates are assessed reflect achievement over and above what is normally expected contractually
  • Oversee the process by which all applications are judged, taking account of advice given by our regional sub-committees for bronze, silver and gold awards and by the platinum sub-committee for platinum awards
  • Recommend consultants and academic GPs for bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards with regard to the number of new awards allocated by ministers, taking account of advice from the chair and medical director and sub-committees
  • Recommend consultants and academic GPs for continuation of their awards through the review process, taking account of advice from the chair and medical director and sub-committees
  • Oversee and monitor a system that enables applicants to make appeals against the process, and for any concerns and complaints to be considered
  • Develop the administration of the scheme, taking into account issues encountered and feedback received.



ACCEA is led by a Chair and a Medical Director, who are appointed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Together, they are responsible for:

  • ensuring that ACCEA operates to high standards and reflects public sector values;
  • ensuring it is fair and robust in its assessment of applications;
  • ensuring it operates effectively, efficiently and transparently; and
  • advising on, and preparing for the development of, a new CEA scheme.

Our decision-making body is our Main Committee. It meets to discuss and agree changes to ACCEA policy and procedure and to agree the final recommendations to Ministers for new and renewed awards. A list of members is available here.

The Chair and Medical Director are supported by a small secretariat of civil servants, who sit within, and are employed by, the Department of Health and Social Care. In 2018, the Secretariat was staffed by 3.5 substantive full-time equivalents (4 staff).

The Awards Round

We run an annual competition for 300 new English and around 17 new Welsh awards, with applicants for an uncapped number of renewals having to meet or better the standard of successful new applicants. For 2 months (February to April in 2019), applications are made via our online portal. Applicants have to demonstrate evidence of excellence against five ‘domains’. In 2019, we received over 1,300 new and renewal applications.

We manage 15 regional sub-committees of volunteer scorers, comprising nearly 350 professional, employer and lay members. Invaluable to the awards process, we ensure that sufficient scorers are recruited and trained, keep them up-to-date and ensure that membership is periodically refreshed.

The sub-committee members consider the applications from their area. Independently, they score each of the allocated applications via the online portal over 6 weeks (April to June). Their summed scores provide a shortlist that the Chair and Medical Director scrutinise for quality assurance purposes, to identify applicants to discuss with each sub-committee face-to-face (14 meetings in total from July to September). Subject to the outcome of those discussions and a limited second scoring exercise for applicants where queries remain, the list of recommended applicants is submitted to Main Committee (November) and then Ministers (November). The ACCEA Chair and Medical Director will typically review 300-400 applications in an awards round. In addition, they provide external quality assurance to the Ministry of Defence scheme.

Awards Administration

Throughout the year, ACCEA carries out its day-to-day business. This includes:

  • Reporting and accounting to Main Committee and DHSC
  • Responding to customer e-mail and telephone enquiries
  • Responding to data requests
  • Processing award holder job changes and changes in circumstances
  • Maintaining the online portal and data security
  • Managing stakeholder relationships
  • Maintaining our forms, guidance and other literature

We are also responsible for ensuring accurate financial information is sent out via NHS England to Trusts and Arm’s Length bodies so that award holders receive the correct payments. In 2019, over 2,500 awards were in payment, worth over-£135million.


In addition to the above, we are currently focused on:

  • Securing a new IT system to replace our aging online portal
  • The development of a new national CEA scheme
  • Boosting the number of applications from women and from those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, who are currently under-represented
  • Improving the diversity profile of our scoring sub-committees

For more information, please see:


How to Apply

To make an application please email your CV, a supporting letter and completed monitoring forms to: – please quote VAC-1670 in the subject field.

If you are unable to apply by email you may send your application by post to:

Daniel Clemence Department of Health and Social Care, Room 1N09, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UE

Applications must be received by midday on Monday 16 December 2019.

In making an application please note the following:

Supporting letter

The supporting letter is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria set out in the person specification. It will benefit the Advisory Assessment Panel if you can be clear which specific evidence you provide relates to which criteria. Providing separate paragraphs in relation to each criterion is common practice. Please write all acronyms in full first.

Please ensure your full name, the role to which you are applying and the corresponding reference number for the post are clearly noted at the top of your letter.

Please limit your letter to two pages, and type or write clearly in black ink.

Conflicts of interest

If you have any business or personal interests that might be relevant to the work of ACCEA, and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your Supporting letter.

If appointed, you will also be required to declare these interests on appointment and they will be entered on a register which is available to the public.

Standards in public life and ensuring public confidence

Given the nature of public appointments, it is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of the public and Government. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history (including any convictions or bankruptcy) that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment to Ministers or ACCEA or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Assessment Panel and provide details of the issue/s in your Supporting letter. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media and blogs. Due Diligence may be carried out on any publicly available information and shared with the Advisory Assessment Panel.

The panel may explore any issues you declare with you before they make a recommendation on the appointment.

Failure to disclose such information could result in an appointment being terminated, as those who hold public appointments are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of corporate and personal conduct and are required to subscribe to the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies, as part of agreeing to the terms and conditions of appointment. You can access this document at:

There are also circumstances in which individuals may not be considered for appointment, due to them not meeting certain eligibility criteria for appointment. For further information, please refer to Section 2.3: Eligibility Criteria

If you wish to discuss any queries on conflicts, please see the contacts section.


Please ensure your CV includes:

  • Your full name, title, home address, personal contact telephone numbers (land line and mobile), personal email address and details of any twitter accounts and LinkedIn accounts including your twitter handle/username.
  • Similar contact details for two referees who will support your application. One referee should be the person to whom you are/were accountable in your current/most recent appointment or position of employment. Please indicate the relationship of each referee to you. References will be requested for short-listed candidates prior to interview
  • Brief details of your current or most recent post and the dates you occupied this role. Please identify any past or present Ministerial appointments.

Monitoring form

Please complete the monitoring form. Diversity monitoring information will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel assessing your application.

Political activity information is primarily for monitoring purposes only, however if you are shortlisted for interview, this information will be shared with the selection panel. The reason for this is that it is appreciated that such activities may have given you relevant skills, including experience gained from committee work, collective decision-making, resolving conflict and public speaking. If you have had such experience and you consider it relevant to your application for this post, you should also take the opportunity to include it separately in your supporting statement. If possible, you should not, however, identify the relevant political party in your statement.

If you are appointed to this role, please note that any political activity you declare will be published in accordance with the Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Department of Health and Social Care operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for disabled people. The Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities. Under the GIS a disabled candidate will be selected for interview if they meet the essential criteria for the post.

If you wish to apply under the GIS please complete the GIS form and return it with your application.

All applications will be acknowledged by email after the closing date.

DHSC diversity & monitoring form (PA) (1)
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