National Clinical Impact Awards 2022

Guidelines for applicants seeking support from the Royal College of Anaesthetists

College National Clinical Impact Awards (NCIA) - Nominations 2022 Round

Professor William Harrop-Griffiths and Professor Jonathan Thompson will be leading the process this year with administrative support provided by project manager, Mr Jonathan Whale.

NCIA will open the 2022 round on Wednesday 27 April 2022 and it will close at 5.00 pm on Wednesday 22 June 2022, thus allowing approximately 8 weeks to complete the process. On this basis the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ process will run to the timetable below.

The College will accept applications from consultants for all three levels: 1, 2 and 3, and will conduct a scoring, ranking and nomination process in accordance with NCIA guidance.

WEDNESDAY 11 MAY 2022 by 5pm

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

Forms should be submitted as Word documents to

Please identify the name and email address of one citation writer and include this information in your email submission. The citation writer should be a colleague who knows of your work but who is not also an employee of your employer. Please note that following receipt of your application the College will make contact with your citation writer for submission of a citation on your behalf. Full guidance will be provided.

Citations Deadline - WEDNESDAY 25 MAY 2022

This is the absolute deadline for any outstanding citations to be emailed to

Please note: The College can only upload citations once the applicant has formally applied online with the NCIA system, therefore we advise you to add your application well ahead of the deadline.

Please ask your citation writer to draft the citation in accordance with the guidance here and inform them that the deadline for the submission of their citation will be 25 May 2022.


TUESDAY 7 JUNE 2022 – 3pm

The National Ranking Meeting will take place at the College on Tuesday 7 June. Following this, the outcome will be communicated to applicants.

For applicants that receive College support, their citations will be uploaded on the NCIA system.


WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE 2022 at 5pm

2022 Round Closes

There will be at least 600 NCIA awards for England and Wales. During the 2022 round the College will be able to support a limited number of applications, we must therefore emphasise that it is imperative that we only submit applications of the highest quality that stand a significant chance of success.

The guides to applicants are available on the NCIA website. The new forms are different to any previous years’ round, so please read the guidance carefully. 

If there are extenuating circumstances that have affected your application, such as ill health in yourself or a close family member, you should inform the NCIA secretariat as soon as possible, i.e. before the deadline for submission. Although the extenuating circumstances should be mentioned in your application, you should have contacted the secretariat separately before submitting your application.

I must emphasise again that this is a totally electronic submission process and that it is the responsibility of the individual nominee (and not the College or the Trust) to ensure that their application is submitted electronically to NCIA ahead of the deadline. The College’s only responsibility is to produce a ranked list of nominations, accompanied by national citations for each nominee, submitted by e-mail.

With best wishes

Dr Fiona Donald


Link to NCIA portal:  here

Link to NCIA website: here

Link to NCIA application form: here