Tony Jackson Memorial Prize

The Tony Jackson Memorial Prize encourages medical students and new graduates to take up a career in paediatrics. We are now accepting applications for the 2016 prize.

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

  Applicants are invited to submit an abstract based on a personal reflection upon any aspect of paediatrics or child health that they have experienced in the UK or abroad.

The abstract should not be more than 500 words and can include a maximum of three photographs/images.

The best 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.

The college will cover the attendee costs for each of the five shortlisted to present at the conference.

The RCPCH Vice President for Education will appoint a committee of three to choose the winner. 


Undergraduate medical students at any university in the United Kingdom or Ireland, together with those who recently qualified in their first Foundation post (FY1 first rotation) are invited to apply. Unfortunately we cannot accept applications from those in their second Foundation year. 

Applicants should e-mail a single Word document to with the subject line ‘RCPCH Tony Jackson Memorial Prize submission’.

The document must include a coversheet including name, position, institution and reliable contact details (postal address, telephone number, e-mail address).

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

The closing date for receipt of submissions for the prize is noon 18 December 2015.


The results of the competition will be confirmed by mid-February at the latest and the 5 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.

Read excerpts of the three essays


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