BRITISH DIVISION OF THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF PATHOLOGY

PROCESS FOR NOMINATING AND PROVIDING CITATIONS FOR ACCEA, LEVEL 9, 10, 11 AND 12, FOR ENGLAND AND WALES, NORTHERN IRELAND (appendix 1) AND SCOTLAND (appendix 2)

 

 

  1. As a national specialist society, the British Division of the International Academy of Pathologists (BDIAP) is eligible to nominate consultant Histopathologists in England and Wales for higher clinical excellence awards through the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA). The process in Northern Ireland and Scotland mirrors that in England and Wales, but with some differences, as outlined in appendix 1 and appendix 2 respectively

 

2.      Professional bodies, including Medical Royal Colleges, Universities and national      professional organisations such as the BDIAP, can nominate individuals for awards and support nominations by providing citations. Many candidates apply by self-nomination, but they can also be supported by professional organisations. The BDIAP was accepted by ACCEA (for England and Wales) as an eligible professional organisation to support candidates in the specialty of Histopathology in 2006.

 

  1. The process for identifying candidates by the BDIAP should be transparent and should identify candidates as soon as possible. It should therefore not await the publication of the names of successful candidates in the previous round.

 

  1. Citations are submitted on line through the ACCEA web site, after the candidate has submitted a CVQ.

 

  1. The process for deciding who should receive a citation will be as follows:

 

    1. An invitation for candidates to submit CVQs to the BDIAP for consideration will be sent out with the journal Histopathology and also to members electronically before the start of the current round of applications and before the results of the previous round are available. This guidance will be circulated and a strict deadline for applications will be given.
    2. Candidates may submit a copy of their CVQ (either on last years form or on the current form when available) electronically to the BDIAP secretariat at bdiap@blueyonder.co.uk. Those submitting last year’s form should resubmit a current form when available.
    3. The BDIAP council will form an AWARDS SUBCOMMITTEE of five members, who shall be a mixture of national award holders and non-national award holders, plus one lay member with appropriate knowledge. (A panel of five to ten members is recommended by ACCEA). Members can be co-opted from outwith the council if required. Should a member of the subcommittee seek nomination from the BDIAP, that panel member must leave the room during discussion of their application. The subcommittee will be chaired by either the BDIAP President or the chairman of the nominations subcommittee if the president is a non-UK member, or by another member of council who is not an applicant for an award if both of the former are ineligible.
    4. After the deadline, the CVQs of applicants will be circulated to the committee in strict confidence and will be independently scored by all of them, concentrating their evaluation on contributions to the specialty rather than the local employer, from which ACCEA receives direct advice.
    5. Contributions to the specialty in each domain will be considered and each domain will be scored, using a system based on the ACCEA coring system, as follows: 

 

EXCELLENT 10

OVER & ABOVE CONTRACTUAL COMMITMENT 6

MEETS CONTRACTUAL COMMITMENT 2

HAS MADE NO ASSESSABLE COMMITMENT 0

ASSESSOR NOT JUDGING THIS DOMAIN FOR ANY CANDIDATE U

 

The domains are outlined in appendix 3.

 

f.        The number of nominations given citations will be determined by the number of eligible consultant members of the BDIAP, based on a formula published in ACCEA guidance to professional organisations, i.e. for organisations with more than 500 consultant members, the number of nominations will not exceed 1.3% of the consultant number with no national award or 12, which ever is the larger for Bronze nominations. The number of nominations will not exceed 8% of B or Bronze holders or 5 for Silver awards and the number of nominations will not exceed 8% of the consultant members with Silver awards or 4, whichever is the larger, for Gold awards.  Based on current consultant membership in England and Wales, indicative maximum numbers of citations, which the BDIAP can give annually, would be 12 for Bronze level, 5 for Silver level and 4 for Gold level.

    1. Lists in ranked order will be submitted to ACCEA, one each for Bronze (level 9), Silver (level 10) and Gold (level l1).
    2. Citations will not be given by persons employed by the same organisation as the candidate.
    3. Citations will concentrate on contributions to the specialty and the completed citation will identify

i.                     the nominating body,

ii.                   the person completing the citation and

iii.                  a senior officer of the BDIAP who vouches for the citation having the imprimatur of the organisation

j.        If the BDIAP wishes to support applications for Platinum Awards (level 12), these should be sent to the Royal College of Pathologists, not to ACCEA (based on current guidance).

 

 

6.      This guidance will be subject to annual review as the ACCEA process evolves and the advice given by ACCEA to nominating professional organisations changes.

 

 

Appendix 1

CANDIDATES FROM NORTHERN IRELAND

 

The process in Northern Ireland differs in that application is only by self-nomination. It is outlined in the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety document “GUIDE TO THE HPSS CONSULTANTS’ CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS SCHEME” At Steps 9 and 10 (equating to levels 9 and 10 in England and Wales), citations are sought by the Northern Ireland secretariat from the employer and a senior award holder. For steps 11 and 12, citations are sought from the Employer, a Senior Award Holder and either the consultant’s Royal College or specialty organisation. In the application form for steps 11 and 12, the applicant can name either the Royal College or one Specialty Association from whom they wish a citation to be sought. The BDIAP is willing to be named as the specialty organisation for those candidates who have made a significant national contribution to Histopathology, particularly via contributions to the BDIAP.

 

 

Appendix 2

CANDIDATES FROM SCOTLAND

Please note that the information below relates to previous years. The BDIAP believes that new awards for Scotland have been suspended

           

In Scotland, the process is run by the SCOTTISH ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DISTINCTION AWARDS (SACDA). Higher awards are at levels B, A and A+. The list of organisations which can nominate consultants for an award includes “Other relevant professional bodies”, as well as individual consultants, NHS employers, Postgraduate Deans, Undergraduate Deans of Medical and Dental Schools, Royal Colleges and Faculties (through their Scottish Council if relevant), and local senior award holders, based on current guidance. Consultants who have been nominated for an award will have been required to complete a  SACDA Curriculum Vitae (CV) Form and the nominator should ensure they have seen and considered the CV completed by the consultant before completion of the nomination citation. The criteria for distinction awards are published in the SACDA guidance. The citation form should not simply reproduce information provided in the CV form, but may highlight important aspects of it.

The BDIAP is willing to be a relevant professional body for those candidates who have made a significant national contribution to Histopathology, particularly via contributions to the BDIAP.

 

 

 

Appendix 3

DOMAINS IN ACCEA FORM (ENGLAND AND WALES)

 

DOMAIN 1: DELIVERING A HIGH QUALITY SERVICE

 

DOMAIN 2: DEVELOPING A HIGH QUALITY SERVICE

 

DOMAIN 3: MANAGING A HIGH QUALITY SERVICE

 

DOMAIN 4: CONTRIBUTING TO THE NHS THROUGH RESEARCH & INNOVATION

 

DOMAIN 5: CONTRIBUTING TO THE NHS THROUGH TEACHING AND TRAINING