At BSH we are keen to recognise those who go above and beyond and excel in their chosen area of haematology and have put together an exciting prizes and awards scheme that seeks to celebrate the success of both members and non-members.

It is important that everyone, from students to senior haematology professionals, can showcase and gain recognition for their work.

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2021 ACCEA Awards

Online application for the 2021 ACCEA Awards is now closed.

Procedure for BSH nominations for ACCEA Awards & Responsibilities of BSH panel members

The Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) are awarded annually to consultants for quality, excellence, and exceptional personal contributions. Accredited bodies known as National Nominating Bodies and Specialist Societies submit ranked lists, assessing the relative excellence of a limited number of their members’ applications – this number is determined by the size of their constituency. These lists are given the term ‘Nominations’.

BSH can nominate a limited number of individuals applying for new awards

  • 8 Bronze
  • 3 Silver
  • 1 Gold

BSH can support all individuals applying for renewal of a previous award.


The Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) administers the scheme directly and all applications must be made on ACCEA’s online system. 

Online application for the 2021 ACCEA awards is now closed. 

The ACCEA has announced the following changes for the 2021 round of awards:

  • Additional forms for Domains 3, 4 and 5 have been removed
  • The character limit for these Domains has been increased to 2,000
  • Employer ratings for individual Domains have been removed. Employers will continue to select from three levels of support (Supported, Qualified Support, Not Supported) and a justifying statement will still be required if the application is Not Supported or has Qualified Support
  • Third party citations have been removed. National Nominating Bodies (Royal Colleges and Specialist Societies) will retain the ability to provide a citation to accompany those applications that they rank

Full 2021 Guidance for Applicants has been published on the ACCEA website

The BSH will assess applicants on the five domains detailed in the application.

  • Domain 1 - Delivering a High-quality Service  
  • Domain 2 - Developing a High-quality Service
  • Domain 3 - Leadership and Managing a High-quality Service
  • Domain 4 - Research and Innovation
  • Domain 5 - Teaching and Training

Applicants must identify an individual who will write a citation on their behalf to support the ACCEA application. Citations can be submitted as a separate MS word document with the application. The citation should be used to emphasise and highlight particular points and should not be a repetition of other parts of the form. You should make sure that your citation writer has seen a copy of your application form

Applicants seeking BSH support should email copies of the completed application and citations forms to

The deadline for applications for BSSH support for the 2021 round of awards has now passed.

The BSH will not consider any applications received after the deadline or any application that does not have a citation attached.


The Panel will be chaired by the BSH secretary and will have between 6-12 members including a lay member. These individuals must be BSH Consultant members. They should be drawn from across England and Wales, representing different disciplines, hospital types etc. BSH panel members will be sent copies of applications to mark at least 2 weeks before the panel is due to convene. The score sheets must be returned at least 24 hours before the panel is due to convene.

The BSH uses an identical marking scale to the ACCEA panel – you can ONLY award 0, 2, 6 or 10 marks in each category. If marks are awarded that do not comply, they will be marked down to the nearest number i.e. if 7 or 9 is awarded this will be changed to 6.

  • 0 (Does not meet contractual requirements or when insufficient information has been produced to make a judgement)
  • 2 (Meets contractual requirements) Performance in some aspects of the role could be assessed as ‘over and above’ expected standards. But generally, on the evidence provided, contractual obligations are fulfilled to competent standards and no more.
  • 6 (Over and above contractual requirements) Some duties are performed in line with the criteria for ‘Excellent’, as below. However, on the evidence provided, most are delivered above contractual requirements, without being in the highest category.
  • 10 (Excellent) As well as demonstrating excellent outcome measures where these are available applicants could show evidence of performance over and above the standard.

Panel members will receive an Excel spreadsheet with the candidates’ names. They will score each domain according to the above criteria and mark on the spreadsheet in the relevant column. Each applicant’s scores for each domain will be averaged and then totalled and applicants ranked. The updated spreadsheet will be distributed to the panel members before the teleconference and will indicate who would be nominated based on score i.e. the top 8 scores for bronze, top 3 for silver and the highest score for gold. If there are individuals who tie for the final nomination place or close to the cut off these will be discussed taking into account work for BSH, citations and panel members discussion.

 If you are interested in becoming a BSH ACCEA panel member please email for further details

Conflict of interest

  • Applicants for an ACCEA award for this year may not be a BSH panel member
  • In the following situations Panel members should not score an individual’s application and leave blanks 
    1. An individual who works for the same institution
    2. Close collaborator e.g. joint grant holder
    3. Personal friend, family member or other significant relationship

The Crucible Prize 

The BSH Crucible Prize is an innovative trainee-led initiative with a £1000 prize, where the five top abstracts are selected for oral presentation at our Annual Scientific Meeting. The aim of this session is to encourage reflection on what haematologists do, and why they do it. Those selected are questioned and judged by a panel of senior haematologists on the quality and originality of their content, presentation skills and response to questions. This prize is open to doctors in training, nurses and other healthcare professionals (at any stage of their career).

Find out more about the Crucible Prize

Previous Crucible Prize Winners

2021 Theme: What lessons can haematology learn from others?

2021 Winner: Dr Amy Cooper, 'What can haematology learn from linguistics? Back to basics'.

2020 BSH Virtual Theme: What lessons leant during the COVID-19 pandemic should change future practice in haematology?

2020 BSH Virtual Winner: Dr Joshua Bomsztyk, 'A hospital avoidance strategy should be forefront in our minds'.

2019 Theme: How can haematology change the world?

2019 Winner: Dr Jennifer Darlow, 'Antimicrobial resistance: Biting the hand that feeds'.

Watch 2019 winning presentation (Member login required)

Read interview with Dr Jennifer Darlow 

2018 Theme: How do haematologists do most harm to patients?

2018 Winner: Dr Sonia Wolf, ‘Young, Black and Stigmatised’.

Read interview with Dr Sonia Wolf

Student Essay Prize

We are inviting essays on a topic agreed by the Education Committee. 

The winner will receive a prize of £500 and the runner-up will receive £250. The winning essay will be published in the British Journal of Haematology.  

The topic for the 2022 essay is: 'Will genomics replace the haematology and transfusion laboratory in the future?'

When submitting your essay please note: 

The word limit is 2,500 words, excluding references. 

  • We allow a maximum of 20 references in any standard style.
  • Please submit your essay in a Word format (not Docx), we do not accept PDFs or other formats.
  • Use Arial font, point 11 with line spacing of 1.5.
  • Include details of your medical school, the course and your current year of study.

Essays will be marked for content, interest, structure and grammar. 

Entries may be checked for plagiarism. 

Eligibility criteria

  • Undergraduate medical students from UK medical schools
  • Healthcare scientists (HCPC registered biomedical and clinical scientists) Band 6 and below, undertaking any formal training programme under the remit of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), accredited undergraduate BSc degrees with registration portfolio and postgraduate MSc level with specialist diploma and trainees undertaking the British Blood Transfusion Society (BBTS) specialist certificate and the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) Scientist Training Programme (STP)
  • Physician assistants/associates (PAs) undertaking formal training in any recognised/accredited physician associate higher education institution and prior to passing the PA National Examination 

Please submit your entry to:

Deadline for submissions: Friday 4 February 2022


Previous Student Essay Prize Winners

2020 Essay Prize title: 'How are you inspired by haematology and how will you inspire others to become haematologists?' 

The winner was Louis-Pierre Girard from the University of Aberdeen and the runner-up Joanna Parsons from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

2018 Essay title: 'Patients are accessing their results and records. What are the implications for haematologists?'

The winner was Soumya Ojha from the University of Birmingham and the runner-up Alison Gooda from the Oxford Medical School.

2017 Essay title: 'Discuss the possible roles of artificial intelligence in the future practice of haematology'. 

The winner was Marco Narajos from the University of Oxford and the runner-up Karan Dahele from the UCL Medical School.

2016 Essay title: 'Discuss the impact of obesity on the incidence and management of haematological disorders'.

The winner was Prateek Yadav from UCL Medical School and the runner-up was Maria Fala from the University of Cambridge.

2015 Essay title: 'Haematology and the ageing population – Implications for the practising haematologist'.

The winner was Jess Dunphy and the runner-up was Jemma Proudfoot-Jones, both of the University of Birmingham.

2014 Essay title: 'Does the 21st century haematologist need a microscope?'

The winner was Tom Handley of the University of Oxford and the runner-up was Kiloran Metcalfe, of the Oxford Medical School. 

 You can read all previous prize winning essays here

NIHR-BSH Researcher of the Year Award 2022

The NIHR-BSH Researcher of the Year award is a joint initiative between BSH and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to recognise recent contributions to clinical research efforts made by members of the BSH. 

An award of £500 each will be given to up to three consultants, two trainees, and an AHP or Nurse selected by a joint panel of NIHR and BSH representatives.

Applicants must be active NHS consultants, trainees, nurses, physician associates, pharmacists or Allied Health Professionals and should not hold a substantive academic appointment. They must also be members of the BSH.

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2022. 

Consultant and Trainee Application form

Nurses, Physician Associates, Pharmacists, and Allied Health Professionals Application form


Previous NIHR – BSH Researcher of the Year Award Winners

2021 Winner

Consultant Winner: Dr. Deepa Arachchillage

 2020 Winners

Consultant winners: Graham Collins and Quentin Hill

Trainee winners: Zara Sayar and Helen Marie Parry

AHP winner: Victoria Speed

2019 Winners

Read: Huw Rowswell - NIHR & BSH Nursing Award Winner

Consultant winners: Dr Tina Biss & Dr Nicola Curry

Trainee winners: Dr Pip Nicholson & Dr Claire Burney

AHP: Huw Rowswell

2018 Winners

Consultant winners: Dr Gill Lowe, Dr Tina Dutt, Sara Ghorashian & Dr Laura Green

Trainee winner: Dr David Tucker

Read about their research here


BSH Lifetime Achievement Award 2022

This award aims to honour those whose working life has significantly contributed to the advancement of Haematology.

The deadline for nomination is 1 February 2022. Please read the guidance before submitting your completed nomination form.

If you any queries please email


Previous BSH Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

2020 Winners

Professor Freda Stevenson, and Dr. William Wagstaff



2019 Winner

Professor Victor Hoffbrand

Read about this award 

2018 Winner

Professor Barbara Bain