The AAGBI and Clinical Excellence Awards (CEAs)

The Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) issued a statement in November 2012 that indicated that the 2012 round of national awards would be complete by the end of February 2013, and that there may be a 2013 round to follow this. If things were uncertain at that time, they were made even more uncertain when the delayed Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration Body (DDRB) report was published in December 2012. The sweeping changes recommended in this report will take some time to negotiate, alter and implement, so it is difficult to foresee exactly what will happen to local and national CEAs in 2013 and beyond. However, our best current guess is this:

  • It is highly likely that there will be a 2013 national award renewal process.
  • For the first time, it will be possible for citations to accompany applications for national award renewal.
  • It is possible that there will be a 2013 round for new national awards, for which citations will form part of the process as usual.
  • If a new award round takes place, it may do so at short notice, with only a month or two between its announcement and the closing date for applications. The guidance from the quotes a possible launch in March 2013, with a closing date of June, but this is uncertain.

Our current advice is as follows:

  • If you are scheduled for a national award renewal (four years since your original award) or if you wish to submit an application for a new award, please prepare your application as soon as possible. Forms are available online.
  • The AAGBI will accept submissions from members for consideration for a citation and will announce its process on the website: and via our e-newsletter. The lead time for publication will not allow us to announce the process in Anaesthesia News, so please keep an eye on the website and e-newsletter.
  • Members should also keep an eye on, as the College will use its website to announce its process as a nominating body.

Meanwhile, the AAGBI is engaging with the Departments of Health and the DDRB, and will continue to promote the interests of anaesthetists, intensivists and pain specialists. The current CEA system does not favour the award of CEAs to many AAGBI members that deserve them, and we will do what we can to make the current system fairer, or to make sure that any system that replaces it has equity built into it from the start.

If you have any questions about the AAGBI and CEAs, please email


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