National Clinical Impact Awards (NCIA) 2022

Guidelines for applicants seeking support from the Faculty of Public Health.

This scheme replaces the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA). Applications for the reformed 2022 round of awards will open on Thursday 27 April 2022 and we explain what this means for FPH members eligible for these awards.

Reforms to the scheme

The national clinical excellence awards scheme (ACCEA) has been renamed the National Clinical Impact Awards. Following the 2021 consultation on reform of clinical excellence awards, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Welsh Government have agreed the following changes will be implemented in a revised scheme. The changes are described on the DHSC website and include:

  • Re-structuring the award levels – in England, the scheme now operates as a three-level award system: National 1 (lowest), National 2 and National 3 (highest)
  • Removing pro-rated awards. Those working Less Than Full Time (LTFT) will no longer have their post 2022 award payments pro-rated
  • Assessing applications across five assessment domains (previously four domains):
    1. Delivering and developing a high-quality service
    2. Leadership
    3. Education, training and people development
    4. Innovation and research
    5. Additional national impact
  • Simplifying the application process. Applications will not be made for a specific award. Instead, you will simply apply for a national award, and will receive the award that corresponds to the score given to your application form
  • Removing the pensionability of awards
  • Removing the renewals process. Awards will be held for a total of five years, at which point applicants need to re-apply
  • Simplifying the process for employers. Employers only now need to indicate their support or their lack of support for an application and provide a citation for each applicant. Employer scoring and ranking are no longer required.

You can download the full outcome to the 2021 consultation here.

The number of applicants that the FPH can support is determined by ACCIA’s processes. The number is based on current NHS Digital statistics which quantify consultant numbers in all specialities; it should be noted that the number of awards able to be supported by the Faculty is likely to be extremely limited.

Who can apply?

You can apply for a national clinical impact award if you are a fully registered medical or dental practitioner on the General Dental Council (GDC) specialist list or General Medical Council (GMC) specialist list, or GP register. You need to:

  • be fully registered with a Licence to Practise
  • have been a permanent NHS consultant or academic GP in a permanent clinical academic role in higher education at the same level as a senior lecturer or above

You must have met both of these conditions for at least one year, on 1 April in the award year.

How and when to apply?

The 2022 round of the NCIA will open for applications on Wednesday 27 April 2022 . Consultants and academic GPs wishing to apply for an award will be able to do so until 5pm Wednesday 22 June 2022 with scoring and governance processes at DHSC taking place throughout summer and autumn.

Wednesday 25 May 2022 by 9am

This is the absolute deadline for consultants who are seeking Faculty support for their application for all national award levels to submit their application forms to FPH.

Applications should be made using the online application form (Microsoft Word format) to

A draft citation must be submitted with the application. The citation must be a maximum of 900 characters. If longer, FPH will cut the citation off at the 900 character limit and we therefore advise members to take care when completing. 

Please identify the name and email address of one citation writer and include this information in your email submission. The citation should be written by someone who is familiar with your work and its impact. As the citation should not duplicate information on your form, it’s advisable to send the person drafting the citation a copy of your completed application form. Please take action to arrange a citation as soon as possible in order to meet the Faculty deadline. Note that following receipt of your application, FPH will make contact with your citation writer.


Late applications, or applications not accompanied by the appropriate documents, will not be supported. Please ensure that all documentation is sent to by Wednesday 25 May 9am.

Step 1: Read the guidance for the award process produced by the DHSC. See DHSC guidance for the 2022 award round.

Step 2: Send a completed 2022 application form available from the ACCEA website within character count for each section and a draft citation in a Word document along with contact details for the person writing the citation to by Wednesday 25 May 9am.

Step 3: Complete the application form (a duplicate of the Word form you have submitted to FPH) on the ACCIA online application system and select FPH as your nominating body who you are seeking support from.

Step 4: FPH will let all applicants know by Wednesday 15 June 2022 whether they have been successful in getting Faculty support.

Step 5: For those who will be supported by FPH, it is your responsibility to submit your application via the ACCIA online application system by 10 am Monday 20 June 2022, as the FPH will need to upload your citation only once your application has been submitted. FPH must be able to upload the supporting citation before the ACCIA deadline of 17:00 on Wednesday 22 June 2022.

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

Maximising the success of your application

When preparing your application make sure you only use and submit to the Faculty a copy of your application on the new 2022 forms - there have been a number of significant changes to the forms since the previous rounds. To maximize your score for national award applications, it’s important to:

  • Follow the steps in the ACCIA guidance

  • Give clear dates for your achievements

  • Write society and group names in full and avoid acronyms – write as you would for a lay member

  • Give measurable information such as outcome data wherever you can and quote the dates, source and relevant benchmarks

  • Explain the impact you had

  • Use a new line for each entry and consider using bullet points to make the information clearer and easier to read

  • Avoid repetition across the five domains unless the evidence shows different aspects of your work that is relevant to the domain

Contribution to the work of the Faculty of Public Health is used by the Clinical Impact Awards assessment panel in the Faculty to differentiate between candidates whose scores are tied.

FPH is committed to promoting equal opportunities. We value diversity, promote equality, and challenge discrimination. We encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

Please contact if you have any questions.