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HEART UK grants and awards

HEART UK grants

HEART UK provides annual grants to help towards achieving the objectives of the charity. The grants can go towards such things as scientific and medical research, improving patient care or exploring new treatment.

We are currently reviewing the grants programme to see how we can make it better. More information will be available soon.

National Clinical Impact Awards (NCIAs)

The NCIAs, previously the National Clinical Excellence Awards, are prestigious awards, granted to some of the NHS’ most senior clinicians via an annual competition. The awards seek to recognise the unique and specialised role that NHS consultant doctors, dentists and academic GPs play and the impact of their work on the NHS at a national level. The awards cover England and Wales.

The Advisory Committee on Clinical Impact Awards (ACCIA) opened their 2023 round for applications of National Clinical Impact Awards (NCIA) in England and Wales on 03 March 2023. 
However from March 2023, National Clinical Impact Awards scheme applications will no longer include rankings and citations from national nominating organisations. 
Please note the NCIA important dates below: 

  • 3 March to 28 April 2023 – applications open 
  • 29 April to 26 June 2023 – first round scoring 
  • 27 June to 4 September – N3 scoring 
  • 27 June to 6 November – governance review 
  • 5 September to 6 November – NRES scoring 
  • End November 2023 – main committee finalisation of recommendations
  • December 2023 – recommendations to and sign off by ministers 
  • Mid-January 2024 – notifications sent to successful applicants and finance processes initiated to back pay awards 
  • Mid-January to mid-February 2024 – appeals window open 

2023 Resources:

Printable resources National Clinical Impact Awards 2023  

2023 guidance for applicants - Applicants' guide: 2023 awards 

For the latest information visit the ACCIA website 

Conference awards

At our Annual Medical and Scientific Conference we provide prizes and awards to recognise talent and best practice.

The Bill Richmond Award for the Best Medical & Scientific Oral Presentation

Bill Richmond was a founder member of the British Hyperlipidaemia Association (now HEART UK) and for many years was a member of the Laboratory Sub Committee. In August 2010 Bill died tragically in a fishing accident in his beloved Scotland.

The award in honour of Bill Richmond for the best oral presentation in the medical and scientific abstracts.

See our conference prizes and awards for more information.  


Rianna Wingett Award

Rianna Wingett  died at the age of 11 yrs and to celebrate her young life an award is made at the HEART UK to thank a health care professional for their dedication to patient care. There can only be one award yet so many work incredibly hard and beyond the call of duty.

See our conference prizes and awards for more information.