The Academy is pleased that Health Minister Simon Burns has written to ACCEA asking them to launch the 2012 rounds of Clinical Excellence Awards.
Speaking of the news, Professor Sir Neil Douglas, Chairman of the Academy said:
"We are pleased that the Government has agreed to open the Clinical Excellence Awards (CEAs) round for 2012.
"The CEA scheme is a robust and transparent process for recognising and rewarding clinical excellence of doctors at local and national level. This encourages high quality care and innovation at local level but also helps ensure that at a national level the country remains a competitive centre of medical excellence.
"We now look forward to the publication of the independent DDRB report so we can engage in discussions on a sustainable future for the scheme."
Health Minister Simon Burns said:
"In building a modern NHS, we want to continue to reward and recognise those who make outstanding achievements and give exceptional patient care. That is why I have asked the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards to open the 2012 round for applications.
"We must ensure that this system is effective, affordable and sustainable. We are currently considering an independent report on Clinical Excellence Awards and how they should work in the future."