James Spence Medal - Call for nominations 2021

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 should be made without the nominee's knowledge. 

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

Call for nominations 2021

Only RCPCH members (any category) may make nominations for the James Spence Medal.

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.

How to make a nomination

Nominations are now open until 17:00 13 August 2020.

Nominations for the James Spence Medal will only be accepted by completion of the online form (below). A maximum of 500 words is permitted to state the reasons for nominating an individual. We ask that you submit your nomination without the nominee's knowledge. We will inform only those nominees who are shortlisted for this award.

This award is made on the recommendation of Council on the advice of the Nominations Committee. Usually only one medal is awarded each year. The medal is presented at the RCPCH Conference along with a volume of the collected writings of Sir James Spence.

Submit a nomination

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