James Spence Medal

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.

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

Call for nominations 2021 - now closed

We invited RCPCH members (of any membership type) to may make nominations for the James Spence Medal. Nominations closed on 24 August.

The 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.

Previous winners

This year's winner was Professor Catherine Law,  the Deputy Director (Strategy and Partnerships) at UCL Institute of Child Health and Vice Dean for Research in the Faculty of Population Health Sciences. Her scientific approach to inequalities in health and tireless work in promoting children’s health through a life course approach made her a great candidate for this award.

See Wikipedia entry about Sir James

See former James Spence Medallists