James Spence Medal - nominations closed

This is the highest honour awarded by the RCPCH. It is awarded for outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge and understanding in paediatrics and child health.

Nominations for our James Spence Medal 2024 are now closed.
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The James Spence Medal is presented to persons working in the UK or in any country of the British Commonwealth within the field of clinical or social paediatrics, public health, clinical science, epidemiology or family practice.

The award is made on the recommendation of RCPCH Council on the advice of the Nominations Committee, and presented at the RCPCH Conference along with a volume of the collected writings of Sir James Spence.


Nominations for our James Spence Medal 2024 are now closed.

Nominations for the James Spence Medal can only be proposed and seconded by RCPCH members (any category). Nominations will only be accepted by completion of our online form, which was available to logged in members (this form is now closed).

A maximum of 500 words is permitted to state the reasons for nominating an individual. Please submit your nomination without the knowledge of the nominee. We will inform only those nominees who have been successfully awarded.

Recent winners

2023 - Professor David Edwards

2022 - Professor Imtiaz Choonara and Professor Sir Andrew Pollard

2021 - Professor Henry Halliday

2020 - Professor Catherine Law

2019 - Professor Alan Emond

2018 - Professor Frances Cowan

2017 - Professor Anne Greenough

2016 - Professor Kate Costeloe and Professor Sir Terence Stephenson

2015 - Professor David Dunger

2014 - Emeritus Professor Ieuan Hughes

2013 - Professor Sir Albert Aynsley Green

2012 - Dr Sheila Shribman

2011 - Professor Anthony Costello and Professor Andrew Wilkinson

2010 - Emeritus Professor Malcolm Levene

See former James Spence Medallists

See Wikipedia entry about Sir James