Clinical Excellence Awards Tips
Top tips for filling ACCEA forms
The Royal College of Ophthalmologist is invited to nominate a number of ophthalmologists to the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA). The number of bronze, silver and gold nominations permitted is calculated with reference to a formula set down by ACCEA. Each year there are more applications than possible nominations. David Smerdon, a member of the College's Clinical Excellence Awards Committee has written the following tips to help members with their applications:
- Start each section with "in the last five years I have..." and insert dates. If you omit dates, the assumption is that the event is time-expired.
- If you have local, regional, national and international achievements, always put the international achievements first and the local ones last, but don't forget your local input.
- In Domain 1 put innovation and service/technique development (introduction of new services, techniques and ways of working, especially if these have been replicated elsewhere)
- In Domain 2 put any audits you have performed. Stress practice change. Audit co-ordinator will score highly locally. National audits, especially if practice changing or where the cycle has been closed will score highly. This section should demonstrate that you are critically examining your current practice and seeking to improve it. Insert here your self audit (e.g. cataract figures) compared to national standards.
- Domain 3 should contain management. This includes participation in the administration of the local, regional or national NHS.
- Domain 4 relates to research. Include grants awarded, supervision of trainees taking higher degrees (PhD, MD) and papers in peer reviewed journals. You will get a higher score if you have evidence of significant editorial work, particularly if it is international. Large numbers of publications in peer-reviewed journals will attract a higher score if you are a district general hospital consultant with good throughput than if you are in a research job where the bar is set higher.
- Domain 5 relates to teaching and training. Supervision of your juniors and the odd ad hoc teaching session is part of your job and will score very little. If you are timetabled to teach medical students or present regularly (give the number in last 5 yrs) at regional postgraduate teaching sessions, this will score. Taking a leading role in teaching, completing a higher degree in teaching, and teaching teachers is likely to score well. If you are an examiner, state the body you examine for and the number of times since your last award that you have examined.
How to ensure that you will NOT get College support!
- Omit dates. All undated entries will be assumed to be time-expired and will score ZERO.
- Fill a box with flowery prose and allow the limiter to stop you in full flow to suggest to the assessor that you have so much more to report, but there was not the space. No credit will be given.
- Omit a domain altogether. You will either not be scored at all, or will score so low as to not be considered.
- Put good achievements in the wrong domains. ACCEA will NOT give you credit for items in the wrong domains.
- Presume that your reputation will ensure an automatic high recommendation by the College. You will only be scored on what is contained in your form.
- Presume that you will score for modesty. You must sell yourself in factual and utterly truthful language.
- Ignore the instructions and complete both Domain 4 and the supplementary research form. One will be ignored and the whole form may fail to be scored.
- Exaggerate to give yourself the edge. Do not embroider the truth or the GMC might take an interest. Your region has a representative on the College's Excellence Awards Committee chosen for his/her probity who will be able to confirm or refute claims.
- Use as many supplementary forms as you can. ACCEA have stated that these should only be used if you have a significantly larger role than can fit in the standard forms.
- Use as many abbreviations as you can and spell none of them out. You must give the full text of abbreviations the first time you use it. The ACCEA uses lay members who have great difficulty with our abbreviations, so you should consider using the full name rather than an abbreviation in each box.
Members of the College's Clinical Excellence Committee score each domain using the following ratings:
- Has made no assessable commitment (0)
- Meets contractual commitment (2)
- Over and above contractual commitment (6)
- Excellent (10)
- Not applicable to this applicant (U)
Page updated 25th November 2008 (SAD)