Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and Clinical Research Network Awards


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To recognise NHS consultants, SAS doctors and trainee doctors who are active in research


Since its inception in 2006, the NIHR has significantly increased the scale of clinical research in the NHS, particularly through the Clinical Research Network. The enthusiastic engagement of NHS clinicians is an essential condition for sustaining and building on this success, particularly given the many competing demands on clinician time and resources. These awards recognise outstanding contributions of NHS consultants and trainees to the conduct of NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies. 

We are pleased to announce for a consecutive year two awards funded by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) for their Fellows, Members and trainee members. These awards for NHS consultants, SAS doctors and trainee doctors will be awarded jointly with the Clinical Research Network.


  • Applicants must be NHS clinicians (clinical academics are not eligible) and a Fellow, Member or trainee member of the FICM.
  • Clinicians holding a substantive university contract are NOT eligible to apply for these awards. These awards are for consultants, SAS doctors and trainee doctors who contribute to research alongside their usual clinical role/duties.
  • Applicants will only be considered for one of these awards each year.
  • Clinicians can enter under one of two categories:
    Early years clinicians:
    - Consultants (FFICM or AFICM) of under three years standing at the advertised deadline for application.
    - SAS doctors with at least one programmed activity in ICM who have either not passed a relevant postgraduate examination (either in a partner specialty, FFICM or EDIC) or did so within three years of the advertised deadline for application.
    - Trainees in ICM CCT training programmes (Single, Dual or Joint).
    Established clinicians:
    - Consultants (FFICM or AFICM) of at least three years standing at the advertised deadline for application.
    - SAS doctors with at least one programmed activity in ICM who have passed a relevant postgraduate examination (either in a partner specialty, FFICM or EDIC) at least three years before the advertised deadline for application.


Applicants are required to outline their contribution to the leadership of several NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies with particular weight being attached to:

  • how they demonstrate clinical leadership enabling their organisation to increase its participation in clinical studies;
  • how they engaged with patients to inform them of new opportunities to participate in clinical research;
  • their contribution to successful delivery of clinical research studies.

Applicants should set out how they would use the prize money to increase their contribution to NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies in future. This may be in the form of support for a personal development plan.


  • Established clinician award of £1,000
  • Early years clinician award of £1,000

“The high standard of critical care services is made possible by the quality research conducted in the field by, among others, our consultant and trainee doctors. The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine is delighted to work with the NIHR to fund these two research awards to help recognise such achievements.”

Daniel Waeland
Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine 

Application process and judging of applications

  • Applications should be made using the application form. Any additional information submitted will NOT be considered by the panel.
  • Applicants must include their FICM Membership Number.
  • Applicants should note the word limit for each section of the application form.
  • Completed application forms must be received by midnight on 15 September 2017. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged.
  • Applications will be assessed by a panel made up of FICM, Clinical Research Network and patient representatives.
  • Successful applicants will be notified within one month of the closing date. We expect a high number of applications and are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Award presentations

The awards will be presented during the Intensive Care Society's State of the Art Meeting on 6 December 2017, award winners must be available to attend the ceremony. The Intensive Care Society will kindly give complimentary entrance to the winners if they are not already registered as delegates.

Winners will also be invited to the State of the Art speaker’s dinner on the evening of 4 December 2017, to meet and dine with the conference faculty as a guest of the Intensive Care Society.

State of the Art is the UK’s main, recently-revamped critical care meeting, and the Intensive Care Society invites you to consider attending the full day or full three day meeting. The programme and other details are available at https://soa.ics.ac.uk/.

“Following the great success of these inaugural prizes, we look forward to developing the awards scheme further in partnership with the FICM and encourage NHS colleagues to consider applying in 2017.”

Professor Paul Dark
NIHR Clinical Research Network
National Specialty Lead for Critical Care and Chair of the Judging Panel

Previous winners


Winners of the first joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) and Clinical Research Network awards received their honours in December 2016, demonstrating outstanding leadership and excellence in research delivery from NHS consultants and trainees in Intensive Care Medicine.

  • Dr Stephen Wright, at Newcastle University’s Freeman Hospital, won the consultant award.
  • Dr James Plumb, ST6 at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, won the trainee’s prize.

The awards were presented during the Intensive Care Society State of the Art Meeting. Applicants included trainees, junior consultants and established colleagues practicing NHS Intensive Care Medicine throughout the UK. Joanne Ashcroft, NIHR Clinical Research Network Assistant Specialty Cluster Lead and member of the judging panel said:

“The applications we received for these inaugural awards were inspiring to read. They clearly demonstrate the dedication of the Critical Care research workforce. The strong leadership the applicants displayed is vital in helping the specialty to deliver complex studies for patient benefit.”

Professor Stephen Smye, NIHR Clinical Research Network Specialty Cluster Lead and awards panel member said:

“The applicants described some really outstanding examples of excellent clinical research leadership, with impact extending beyond critical care to the wider clinical research community and NHS. Effective clinical research leadership is central to the next 10 years of NIHR as it continues to embed research in the NHS for the benefit of patients.”