Tony Jackson Memorial Prize

The Tony Jackson Memorial Prize encourages medical students and new graduates to take up a career in paediatrics. The application period is now closed.

About the prize

  The Tony Jackson Memorial Prize is open to undergraduate medical students and foundation doctors in their first post, who are in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The aim of the prize is to encourage UK medical students, and those just graduated, to consider a career in paediatrics.

The prize is supported by a generous bequest from Dr Tony Jackson, former consultant paediatrician at the Royal London Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children. Dr Jackson was instrumental in the transformation of cystic fibrosis from a fatal disease of infancy to a chronic disease of adults. He was an active supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, which awarded him its John Panchaud Medal.

The prize winner receives £500 for a personal reflection upon any aspect of paediatrics or child health experienced in the UK or abroad in the form of an oral presentation at the RCPCH Annual Conference. It is expected that many applications will be based on an elective period of study, but that is not mandatory.

How to apply

The application period closed on 18 December 2015.

Applicants were invited to submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and with up to three images - based on a personal reflection upon any aspect of paediatrics or child health that they have experienced in the UK or abroad.

The Vice President for Education will appoint a committee of three to select the best abstracts and the winner.

The top five abstracts as judged by the panel will be invited to give a short oral presentation within the new Aspiring Paediatricians session at the RCPCH Annual Conference. Said oral presentation should last five minutes, consist of 3-4 PowerPoint slides and cover the same areas as outlined in the submitted abstract (objectives and outcomes related to the apsect of paediatrics being refelcted upon, show originality of thought, consider the implications for impact on clinical practice and demonstrate personal reflection).    The College will cover the attendees' costs.


Applications were invited from undergraduate medical students at any university in the UK or Ireland, together with those who recently qualified in their first Foundation post (FY1 first rotation) were invited to apply. Unfortunately, we could not accept applications from those in their second Foundation year. 

Applicants were asked to email a single document with the abstract, plus a  coversheet including name, position, institution and reliable contact details (postal address, telephone number, e-mail address) to with the subject line ‘RCPCH Tony Jackson Memorial Prize submission’. 

 The adjudicators will be looking for a well presented abstract which mentions objectives and outcomes related to the apsect of paediatrics being refelcted upon, shows originality of thought, considers the implications for impact on clinical practice, and shows evidence of personal reflection.


The results of the competition will be confirmed by mid-February at the latest and the five shortlisted entrants notified.

The prize itself will be awarded at the Aspiring Paediatricians session at the RCPCH Annual Conference in April. There is one winning prize but all 5 shortlisted for oral presentation will have their abstracts published on the RCPCH website

                      Tony Jackson Memorial Prize Timeline
Deadline for submission Noon 18 December 2015
Results announced Mid February 2016
Prize presentation (at RCPCH annual conference) 28 April 2016

2015 prize winner

Last year we awarded this prize to Dr Anna McLoughlin for her essay, Paediatrics in Mongolia: harrowing yet heart-warming.

We also highly commend the authors of two essays: Lucy Harlin-Bethell for Bridging
Gap - The provision of care for teenagers and young adults with serious health conditions and Conor O'Neill for My experience at the Double H Ranch.


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