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2022 National Clinical Impact Awards - ACCIA

ACCIA (ACCEA) 2022 - Update Notification (for England and Wales only)

Following on from a review of the National Clinical Excellence Awards Scheme formerly known as the ACCEA Awards, from this year, the scheme has been renamed as the National Clinical Impact Awards - ACCIA.

Important Information for our members

  • The 2022 ACCIA Awards Scheme will open on Wednesday 27 April 2022. Online registration will open shortly beforehand.
  • The closing date for applications into the ACCIA will be 5pm, Wednesday 22 June 2022.
  • Application Process: All applications are completed online at the new ACCIA application portal and must be submitted by 5pm on 22nd June 2022. Read the application guidance and log into the portal early. You can log back in and edit your application up until you submit it - but you should save it regularly until you are satisfied that it's complete.
  • National Nominating Bodies are now National Nominating Organisations (NNO): In line with the changes to the scheme, there has been a review of the number of Nominating bodies and Specialists Associations that can support applications. As a result of the streamlining of the process, the number of NNOs has now been reduced and BASO~ACS is not on the register of the National Nominating Organisations. We, therefore, encourage our members to review the Register of NNOs and look for a suitable organisation to support your application.

Summary of the changes

  • Increase the number of available awards - Once the transition process for existing national CEA award holders has completed over the 5-year transitional period, there will be up to 600 awards granted annually in England. National awards and local awards are also planned to be held concurrently - this is being reviewed throughout the transition period.
  • Re-brand the scheme - The awards have been re-branded as the national Clinical Impact Awards to reflect to applicants and scorers that the primary focus of the awards is the output of activities, rather than undertaking activities in the absence of describing their impact and results.
  • Re-structure the award levels - In England, the scheme now operates as a three-level award system: National 1 (lowest), National 2 and National 3 (highest).
  • Refresh the assessment domains - The assessment domains have been revised to combine both Delivering and Developing Service into a single new domain (domain 1). Three domains (domains 2, 3 and 4) have been renumbered and their emphases amended and a new fifth domain has been introduced to allow applicants to include evidence of national impact from other unpaid activities, or where they have delivered impact over and above expectations.
  • Simplify the application process - A single level application process has been introduced so applicants no longer apply for an award at a specific level. This enables applicants to gain higher level awards on first application based on the score they attain.
  • Remove pro-rated awards - Those working less than full time (LTFT) will no longer have their post 2022 award payments pro-rated.
  • Remove the renewals process - The renewals process has been removed. National Clinical Impact Awards will be held for a total of 5 years, at which point applicants need to re-apply.
  • Remove the pensionability of awards -National Clinical Impact Awards are no longer pensionable or consolidated.
  • Simplify the process for employers - Employers only need to indicate their support or their lack of support for an application and provide a citation for each applicant. Employer scoring and ranking are no longer required.

The timetable for the 2022 national awards round

  • 27th  April to 22th  June 2022 - applications open
  • 27th  June to 4th September 2022 - scoring
  • 8th  September to 9th  October 2022 - N3 scoring
  • 12th  September to 25th  November 2022 - governance review
  • 14th  November to 11th December 2022 - NRES scoring
  • December 2022 - main committee finalisation of recommendations
  • January 2023 - recommendations to and sign off by Ministers
  • End of January 2023 - notifications sent to successful applicants and finance processes initiated to back pay awards
  • February 2023 - appeals window opens

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With Best Wishes

BASO Higher Clinical Excellence Awards Committee

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