National Clinical Excellence Awards (CEAs) will reward more consultants with bonus payments but will be worth considerably less.
Now renamed as the National Clinical Impact Awards, they will also no longer be pensionable. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said the new awards were changed to ‘broaden access to the scheme, make the application process fairer and more inclusive, and to change the application process’.
The difficulty in giving doctors less for doing more is that these changes come at a time when many in the medical profession are already questioning the value of staying in their roles because of punitive pensions taxation and sub-inflationary pay reviews.
The Awards in England were previously worth £36,192, £47,582, £59,477, or £77,320 a year for five years at Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum level. Now the Awards will have just three levels and be worth £20,000, £30,000 and £40,000.