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Clinical Excellence Awards—time for a fairer NHS rewards scheme

Clinical Excellence Awards—time for a fairer NHS rewards scheme

Essex, Ryan ORCID: 0000-0003-3497-3137, Talagala, Ishanka, Dada, Olamide and Rao, Mala (2021) Clinical Excellence Awards—time for a fairer NHS rewards scheme. British Medical Journal (BMJ), 373:876. ISSN 1759-2151 (Print), 0959-8138 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n876)

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Abstract

Covid-19 has transformed the visibility of healthcare delivery, and public attitudes and perceptions related to the NHS have changed, potentially forever. The leadership shown by all NHS staff in managing the challenges of the pandemic leads to questions about how excellence is to be defined and how the unique contributions of individuals will and should be recognised and rewarded after covid-19.

The current NHS rewards system, known as the Clinical Excellence Awards (CEAs), which benefits consultant medical staff in England, was paused for the first time in 2020 owing to the pandemic and is currently undergoing a government consultation.1 This intermission is an opportunity to review these awards. We provide a brief overview of the scheme and discuss the lack of evidence to show that it is fairly distributed, incentivises individual or team performance, or improves patient outcomes. We call for abolition of the scheme and for input from all NHS staff to determine an equitable alternative.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: health, healthcare, clinical excellence awards, pay, awards
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Professional Workforce Development
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2021 12:50
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
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Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/32267

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