21 Top Tips for Completing your ACCEA Clinical Excellence Award application

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1. Start well in advance, at least 1-2 months before the deadline especially if this is your first application. You will need several hours to achieve a high standard application.

2. Read the instructions very carefully. They change each year

3. Fill in the front page correctly. Common mistakes are to leave out the number of sessions you work and date of appointment as a consultant

4. Make a list of everything you do before trying to fill in the boxes. Consult your portfolio and brainstorm all your roles, clinical, teaching, publications, management, committees that you sit on etc. What have you introduced? What has changed in your department since you were appointed?

5. Provide tangible evidence for achievements whenever possible eg numbers, comments from external audit, quality assurance, GMC/Royal college/Deanery/GMC visits, hospital doctor awards etc

6. Avoid abbreviations Say what it means when you first include it

7. Do not start every sentence with "I"

8. Remember that you do not get marks for just sitting on a committee or having a certain role but for what you have achieved in that position.

9. You need to be as succinct as possible in order to get all that you have done into the sections. Write and rewrite each section making sure you use the maximum word and space count allowed.

10. Look at your application multiple times and at least 2-3 occasions as you will remember other things that you have done that need to be added in

11. Do not leave any section blank if at all possible. You will simply score no points and this will pull down your overall score – this is especially important when considering discretionary points in Trusts

12. Do not repeat the same things but in different sections. You only get the marks once and it does not read well

13. Ensure that you spell and grammar check your application. This will not be possible online. Therefore prepare it as a word document and cut and paste the relevant sections into the online form following the character limit.

14. If you have local points or an award then only put those things down which you have achieved since the last local level or award. If you are continuing to develop a service then this can be put down.

15. Make yourself sound wonderful whilst ensuring that you are completely honest at all times. Nothing reads worse than 5 people from the same department all claiming to be the lead person to bring in an innovation. Don't quote research more than 5 years old unless it is all you have or it was a Nobel prize winner!

16. If you have someone that you trust show your form to someone in your own specialty who has an award so that they can comment/a critical friend.

17. Submit your form for Royal college consideration if applying for a national bronze or higher award.

18. Submit your form to specialty associations if you do work for them as they submit an annual ranked list

19. If applying for a national award we encourage you to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. it for an MWF review before submitting it online when it will be too late to make changes

20. If you don't succeed get feedback both locally and regionally. This will help you to improve your form next year.

21. If at first you don't succeed, try again! Very few doctors get a national award at their first attempt, there are a lot of applicants and you will get more skilled at filling in the form.


Need ideas for your Medical Elective? Read through some past electives here:

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Each year we run grants for Women Medical Students undertaking electives (read more here) and ask them to complete a feedback form once they return. We have asked them to share their feedback forms with you, so that you can get some ideas and so that you can contact individuals and ask questions. 

We hope this helps!


 Location  Project Title
 Ghana A Reflective Elective Project on Maternal Health and Infectious Diseases in Ghana
 Uganda  Maternal Health in Uganda
New South Wales Obstetrics and Gynaecology Elective in Australia
Bridgetown Clinical Placement in Emergency Department, Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Vancouver Paediatric Orthopaedics
Havana Cuba - A Healthcare Paradox
Solomon Islands  
Honiara A Reflection on the Ethical Dilemmas Faced by Medical Students During Their Elective in the National Referral Hospital in the Solomon Islands, a Developing Country
South Africa  
KwaZulu-Natal Comparison of Visual Estimation of Blood Loss to Gravimetric Measurement During Caesarean Section in a Rurual South African Hospital
Geneva Mental Heath Policy and Service Development Research Intern
The Philippines  
Iloilo City Infectious and Tropical Disease in the Philippines: Investigating the Emerging Epidemic
Atlanta Clinical Haematology
Baltimore Otolaryngology in the US and the UK
Sheffield Anterior Skull Base Surgery

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MWF Supports the work of the MWIA, please see the below press release and contact us for any further information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Medical Women's International Association (MWIA) takes a stand against cosmetic vaginal rejuvenation. Women are being pressured into thinking that all labia need to look the same and that if they differ, it is cause for surgery. G point augmentation, labial reduction, hymenal reconstruction, and clitoral repositioning are all part of the trend. "This is a modern day form of female genital mutilation for the developed world", says Dr. Shelley Ross, Secretary General of MWIA.

To make matters worse, the upcoming meeting of the International Federation of Gynaecologists and Obstertricians (FIGO) being held in Rome in October 2012 has the topic on their program, thus lending credence to this blossoming industry.

MWIA upholds the right of adult women to choose to undergo lawful medical and surgical treatments with informed consent.

MWIA opposes the promotion of surgical procedures that make unproven claims of enhancing female sexual satisfaction and/or attractiveness, states Professor Afua Hesse, President of MWIA. MWIA believes that promoting and performing such surgery carries significant risks of physical and psychological harm to women and girls.

MWIA is not the only organization opposed to this exploitation of women. The UKFeminista group organised a march last year in London, UK where the slogan was "Keep Your Mitts off Our Muffs" and that certainly says it all!

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