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Clinical Impact Awards 2022

Created - 13.05.2022

ACCIA  Advisory Committee on Clinical Impact Awards 2022 Round (Formerly ACCEA Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards)

The ACCIA have now opened the 2022 round of clinical impact awards which will close at 17:00 hours on Wednesday 22nd June 2022.  Any applications received after this time will not be accepted.

See below earlier deadline if you would like a BSIR citation.

Who can apply for an award?

The Advisory Committee on Clinical Impact Awards (ACCIA) will accept applications for national awards from consultants working for the NHS in England and Wales. ACCIA no longer renews awards, all awards going forward will be classified as new. Awards will be held for 5 years, after which a further new award can be applied for.

Making an application

Guidance can be found on the BMA website for Fellows and members who are considering applying for NCIA awards and would like more information on the current situation and potential financial consequences.

To make an application, go to the ACCIA the applicants’ guide and application form before submitting an application via the ACCIA Portal.

Please note the following significant changes that the ACCIA have made to the application:

  • you only need to submit one online application for scoring
  • you can only have one ranking and citation from one relevant national nominating organisation (NNO)
  • the aim after the transition period is for up to 600 new NCIAs each year in England – split 330 x N1 at £20,000, 200 x N2 at £30,000 and 70 x N3 at £40,000 – with up to 37 awards in Wales
  • scoring groups and numbers are balanced to optimise committee diversity and help to avoid unconscious bias
  • applications from those with a disability or extenuating circumstances are welcomed with the relevant supporting information
  • all applications are scored against the same criteria
  • each region has an equal opportunity for success with an indicative number of awards at each level (N1, N2 or N3) based on application numbers
  • tied applications are rescored by the National Reserve Sub-committee (NRES), along with those identified through national governance review
  • regional sub-committees and the main committee recommend applicants for national awards to ministers for them to approve
  • each region’s highest scoring applicants are pooled nationally and rescored by the N3 committee to agree those most deserving of the highest award – those who are unsuccessful at N3 receive an N2 award
  • if you successfully gain an award, it will last 5 years, backdated to 1 April 202


For the 2022 round, ACCIA is introducing new arrangements for the submission of citations by nominating bodies, such as the BSIR. These are:

  • Citations can only be provided for new applications only
  • Citations can only be provided for who are ranked highest by the BSIR – with a strict cap placed on the total number of citations available. The BSIR NCIA committee will oversee the scoring of applications to produce an ‘BSIR ranked list’

Applicants with new applications wishing to be included in the scoring and ranking exercise, with a view to obtaining an BSIR citation, should submit their application forms to council@bsir.org by 17:00 on Friday 20th May 2022We accept this is a tight deadline and therefore, we accept that candidates may continue to tweak their applications online. We will use the information submitted by May 20th to score and rank application forms. 

An applicant who requests a citation from us but does not achieve a ranking place can continue with their application but will not be eligible for a citation.

We will acknowledge receipt of your citation request within 24 working hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please get in touch via council@bsir.org

Informing you of the outcome of your citation request

The BSIR will notify all applicants by 14 June 2022, whether they have been successful for the Society's support. For those who are successful, it is your responsibility to submit your application via the ACCIA portal, as the BSIR ranking and citation can only be applied if your application has been uploaded.

Applicants should be aware that it is their responsibility and not BSIR’s to ensure that they complete the form on ACCIA’s website and submit it before the closing date – 17:00 on Wednesday 22 June 2022.

Dr Phil Haslam

BSIR President

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