Consultation on reforming the Northern Ireland Clinical Excellence Awards Scheme (CEA)

Closed 13 Feb 2024

Opened 21 Nov 2023


The Department of Health (the Department) in the exercise of its statutory powers to regulate the Health Service in order to promote the health of people in Northern Ireland are seeking views on reforms to the Northern Ireland Clinical Excellence Awards Scheme.

The Department has been engaged with key stakeholders including the British Medical Association and Health and Social Care Trusts to elicit their views and preferences in order to inform the Department’s development of a revised government scheme for rewarding high performance in the medical field.

The draft scheme which is the subject of this consultation proposes to broaden access to the scheme, make the application process fairer and more inclusive, and to also change the current application process.

The consultation document sets out the existing awards scheme in Northern Ireland, the existing approaches in Great Britain; and invites views on a number of issues.

Why your views matter

The Department of Health would welcome your views on the proposals for the reformed scheme and your voice matters, and your perspective is invaluable in shaping any future scheme.

Further details and supporting documents can be viewed on our Consultation page (external link opens to a new window/ tab).

What happens next

We will consider the responses received and publish an outcome report on the Department's website.


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