National Clinical Impact Awards: Applications Open Now

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05 Mar 2024

The 2024 National Clinical Impact Awards are open for applications from Monday 4 March and close on Monday 15 April. The Advisory Committee on Clinical Impact Awards (ACCIA) advises health ministers on the presentation of clinical impact awards to consultants working in the NHS.

The College are encouraging applications from Fellows and Members of RCSEd in Good Standing in England and Wales. The awards are open to NHS consultant doctors, dentists, on an NHS consultant or academic contract and who are registered on the GMC or GDC specialist list.

Professor Nirmal Kumar, RCSEd NCIA Chair, wishes to encourage RCSEd applicants to the new and reformed awards scheme and particularly encourages applications from individuals from protected characteristic groups with less emphasis on full-time work, who we find are currently underrepresented in the scheme.

The awards are not stratified so applicants can apply and gain a higher award without first securing a lower award. The awards aim to recognise and reward innovation in delivery of clinical care which has wider impacts nationally and in improving patient care. The changes introduced since 2022 have increased the number of awards annually and incentivise participation in teaching, training, and research. The awards are non-pensionable and are normally for a 5-year duration.

Applications cover the following domains:

  1. Service delivery and development.
  2. Education, training, and people development.
  3. Innovation and research.
  4. Additional national impact

There is no longer a requirement to gain citations from National Nominating Organisations (NNO) such as RCSEd or specialist societies.

Full guidance notes and application packs can be found here: Advisory Committee on Clinical Impact Awards - GOV.UK (

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