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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National Clinical Impact Awards


National Clinical Impact Awards – Role of Member Organisations

The ACCIA have recently announced important changes to their processes for selecting individuals for National Clinical Impact Awards. They will no longer accept citations and Member Organisations may no longer provide ranked lists of candidates. They felt that neither of these processes had been having a significant impact on the outcome of the final rankings and they were potentially dissuading some candidates from applying. They still feel that Membership Organisations will have a role in advising candidates on applications though the notice of these changes has been very short. The application process for this year opens on the 3rd March and closes on the 28th April. The BSH strongly recommends that candidates read the guidance provided by the ACCIA and complete their applications strictly according to this. Failure to do so results in otherwise strong applications being marked down harshly.


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

2023 Theme: 'What can haematology learn from history'

2023 Winner: Dr Peter Johnstone, What can haematology learn from history?

Read our interview with Dr Peter Johnstone here

2022 Theme: What current haematology practices would seem absurd to the haematology community in 2050'.

2022 Winner: Dr  Richard Buka, 2050: A year of re-enlightenment

Read the interview with Dr Richard Buka

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'.

Read the interview with Dr Joshua Bomsztyk

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 the 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 featured on the British Society for Haematoloy pages within the British Journal of Haematology (print version only).  

The topic for the 2024 essay is: 'How do we improve the design of clinical trials in haematology to meet the needs of patients?'

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.

Essay Marking Criteria

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: [email protected]

The deadline for submissions for the 2024 prize is 5.00pm on Friday 9 February 2024.


Previous Student Essay Prize Winners

2023 Essay Prize title: 'How do we prevent blood shortages in future?'

The winner was Sam Parsons from the Swansea Medical School and the runner-up Anatolia Nix from the University of Leicester.

2022 Essay Prize title: 'Will genomics replace the haematology and transfusion laboratory in the future?'

The winner was Jessica Whittle from the University of Oxford and the runner-up Scarlett Harris from the University of Oxford.

2021 Essay Prize title: 'will we have to see haematology patients face-to-face in the future?'

The winner was Claire Otasowie from the University of oxford and the runner-up- Oliver Marwood from University College London.

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 2024

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 during the 2024 BSH Annual Scientific Meeting in Liverpool 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.

Application form consultants/trainees

Application form AHPs/PAs/Nurses

The deadline for the 2024 award is Friday 16 February 2024.

Previous NIHR – BSH Researcher of the Year Award Winners

2023 Winners

Consultant winners: David Tucker and John Snowden

Trainee winner: Meng Wang

AHP winner: Orla McCourt

2022 Winners

Consultant winner: Toby Eyre

Trainee winner: Jennifer Vidler 

AHP winner: Paul McLaughlin

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 2024

The BSH Lifetime Achievement Award honours and recognises outstanding individuals who have made a major contribution to haematology in the UK (though the candidate does not have to be British). 

Award criteria

  • The award is for exceptional contribution to UK and International Haematology 
  • Nominees can be from any discipline – scientist, nurse, medic, BMS etc.
  • Does not need to have been a BSH member or UK citizen.
  • Majority of career should have been spent in UK.
  • The award is not intended to be for academic work alone.
  • The nominee should be in the latter part of their career or retired.
  • Cannot be either a current trustee or office bearer or for the previous 3 years.
  • Cannot be awarded posthumously.

Other information

  • The award will not necessarily be awarded annually.
  • The award will be made at the ASM.

All nominations must be submitted by the 31 December 2023.

For full guidance on the application process view our information pack here

For the application form please click here 

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 


*NEW*: Early Careers Achievement and Undergraduate Achievement Award

This is an exciting new award created by the BSH Early Career Forum. Each Award has a prize value of £1500, plus expenses to attend the 2024 BSH Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM)

These two awards will be for projects or ideas in service improvement, leadership, and workforce rearrangement. Applicants are encouraged to think broadly and innovatively. The aim of this prize is to foster professional development in students and people early in their careers and encourage reflection on how everyone can contribute to improvements in healthcare regardless of career stage.

The submission should relate to, or have the main focus on, haematology.


This award is open to BSH members and non-members.

For the Undergraduate Achievement Award:

The prize is open to all healthcare students completing an undergraduate degree in their field.

For the Early Careers Achievement Award:

The prize is open to doctors in training, nurses and other healthcare professionals at a maximum of 4 years post qualification. 

Application process and timeline

Applications open on 5 November, and will close at midnight 15 January. The winners will be notified by the end of February and invited (and funded) to attend the BSH ASM in April to receive the award.

The application can be of any media (including, but not limited to, an essay of no more than 2000 words, a video, an interview, a recorded presentation)– to be submitted by email to the Head of Engagement at BSH no later than 15 January. Applicants need to state which category they are submitting for (undergraduate or early career).

For any questions, please contact the Head of Engagement: [email protected]