James Spence Medal - call for nominations 2022

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 RCPCH 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 2022

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, 30 August 2021.

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.

Submit a nomination

Previous winners

The James Spence Medal winner in 2021 is Professor Henry Halliday, an outstanding neonatologist who has made contributions to the care of newborn babies throughout the world. Following qualification in Belfast, he trained in Belfast and three US centres returning to establish a network of neonatal care for Northern Ireland. He was a pioneer of surfactant therapy helping to develop a natural product with colleagues in Stockholm. A firm advocate of evidence-based medicine, he carried out his first randomised controlled trial in 1973 and has since led and been involved in many Cochrane collaborations, setting the standard of care for newborns. 

The James Spence Medal winner in 2020 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 former James Spence Medallists

See Wikipedia entry about Sir James