Clinical Excellence Awards recognise and reward national health service consultants and academic general practitioners (GPs) who perform 'over and above' the standard expected of their role. Awards are given for quality and excellence, acknowledging exceptional personal contributions. Clinical Excellence Awards is a self-nominating scheme.
To be considered for an award consultants and academic GPs have to submit an application form in which they demonstrate achievements in developing and delivering high quality patient care, and commitment, to the continuous improvement of the NHS.
There are 38,196 full-time equivalent consultants in the NHS (Health and Social Care Information Centre 2012 data), of which 11,840 (31%) are women. The total number of National Awards is 3,128 and of these 554 (17.7%) are held by women. The percentage of women applying for new awards in the last three years has been between 17-19%.