HCSA opens nominations process for National Clinical Impact Awards hopefuls

The ACCIA has today launched this year’s process for National Clinical Impact Awards (the successor to NCEAs).

HCSA members who wish to apply for an NCIA are invited to seek the Association’s support for their application as a National Nominating Organisation.

Significant changes have taken place which mean you should carefully consider your personal situation prior to making any application (see below). Please also read the ACCIA guidance for applicants carefully.

HCSA is pleased to be able to provide citations for individuals who do wish to apply for Level 1, 2 or 3 NCIAs and whose applications score sufficiently via our internal process.

Successful candidates will need to identify HCSA as their chosen nominating organisation on the online ACCIA system before we are able to lodge a citation.

In order to be considered for HCSA nomination, please send a copy of your application and a short supporting statement to SStanley@hcsa.com by 5pm on Sunday 22nd May.

Particular consideration will be given to applicants who can demonstrate that they have supported the aims and objectives of the HCSA. Please note that late applications will not be considered.

Timeline of HCSA process:

  • Sunday 22nd May 5pm: Deadline for sending applications and supporting statements to HCSA
  • Monday 23rd May-Monday June 6th: HCSA internal ranking process
  • Week commencing 6th June: Candidates informed of outcomes of HCSA ranking process
  • Wednesday 22nd June 5pm: Final deadline for ACCIA submissions via online portal


Changes from the old-style NCEA

Despite opposition from HCSA and the BMA, the government decided to impose significant reduction to the financial worth of the new awards. NCIAs have a number of differences compared to the old NCEAs, including:

  • Lower award values
  • Removal of pensionability
  • Amendments to domains
  • Awards are time-limited and subject to reapplication rather than renewal
  • LTFT doctors will receive the full value
  • Applicants can only be supported by one national nominating organisation.

Further information is available on the ACCIA website.

HCSA advises that those who are currently on a pensionable “old-style” pensional Local CEA should fully consider the implications of applying for a non-pensionable NCIA. If you are successful in your NCIA application you will be required to relinquish your old-style LCEA (this applies in England - in Wales commitment awards and NCIAs can be held concurrently).

NCIA-holders will also be unable to apply for the new-style LCEAs being introduced this year. Those holding an "old-style" pensionable Local CEA will however be able to apply and hold both types of LCEA concurrently.