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.
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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. The medal is presented at the RCPCH Conference along with a volume of the collected writings of Sir James Spence.

Each year we invite RCPCH members (of any membership type) to make nominations for this award. Nominations for 2021 closed on 24 August 2020.

Previous winners

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