After a very successful round of awards in 2021 the Intensive Care Society has been invited again to support members in this year's 2022 National Clinical Impact Award (NCIA) formally ACCEA. We understand the amazing work our members undertake and as such we are proud to support them in recognition of this.


If you are thinking of applying and would like the Intensive Care Society to support your application, please review the application guidance published by the Advisory Committee on Clinical Impact Awards, there have been many changes to this process since 2021.


The NCIA awards process runs from 27 April - 22 June please follow the guidance and timeline provided by NCIA, application forms and guidance can be found here.


To ensure the society has enough time to peer review your application we will be accepting applications from 8 April to 13 May.


To apply please send your application to johnjones@ics.ac.uk by Friday 13 May 2022.


Guidance

Many applications do not reach the necessary requirements to be supported, so to help you get the best possible chance of support we have written some top tips to consider when writing your application.


Please note that you must be a member of the Intensive Care Society to apply for an endorsement, if you are unsure of your membership please contact us


If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to email, the Society’s Research and Policy Manager, John Jones.


Top Tips


  • Invest time in your application and don’t leave until the last minute
  • The margins between success and failure in the process can be extremely small. Therefore, every little bit of effort you invest in completing your application matters
  • Do take the time to read the guidance on the NCIA website as it is extremely useful. (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/clinical-excellence-awards-application-guidance )
  • Some styles of writing applications are better than others. Make it easy to read. It must be easy to understand for lay people who comprise a quarter of each regional committee. Use bullet points and/or short paragraphs. Increase readability and presentation by using bolding, italics or underlining judiciously. Avoid using abbreviations
  • Ensure you include dates at the beginning of sentences or at the end in brackets. In general, achievements recognised in an earlier successful new award application should not be described unless there is a significant aspect of continuation
  • Pay attention to the character count. The character count in the forms on the NCIA website is denoted clearly
  • Define either in the Job Plan section or the relevant domain whether the role you describe is remunerated or not. You are much more likely to achieve recognition for non-remunerated work
  • Do ask others to review your application form and to give you feedback. You should ask colleagues who have been successful in winning national awards in recent years as well as lay people
  • The award is all about NHS patients. If your achievements don’t benefit NHS patients directly, then don’t include them in your application
  • Define local, regional and national outputs and roles clearly
  • Avoid overlap as much as possible across the domains. Clearly some major achievements may have aspects which can be described in more than one domain but as a general rule try to describe different achievements in different domains
  • Try to link all of your described achievements or roles directly back to patients and how they benefit as a result
  • This isn’t easy but it always looks impressive if you can somehow state quantitatively (numbers look great) or qualitatively the patient benefit resulting from your achievement
  • Having multiple outcomes across all domains usually scores more highly that describing various aspects of a smaller number of achievements in the different domains
  • Referencing multi-professional work resulting in patient benefit tends to score well
  • Describing outputs outside of your specialty is recognised as demonstrating high performance and also scores highly

If you have any further questions, please contact John Jones.