Tony Jackson Memorial Prize

This awards medical students and foundation doctors in the UK and Republic of Ireland for outstanding personal reflections on any aspect of paediatrics experienced in the UK or internationally. Winners receive £500 and an opportunity to present at RCPCH Conference.
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About the prize

The aim is to encourage medical students and foundation doctors to consider a career in paediatrics.

The prize winner receives £500 for a personal reflection upon any aspect of paediatrics or child health experienced in the UK or abroad in the form of an oral presentation at RCPCH Conference.

The prize is supported by a generous bequest from Dr Tony Jackson, former consultant paediatrician at the Royal London Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children. Dr Jackson was instrumental in the transformation of cystic fibrosis from a fatal disease of infancy to a chronic disease of adults. He was an active supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, which awarded him its John Panchaud Medal.


Applications are currently closed.

Applicants are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 500 words. A committee of judges; Trainee Representative of Recruitment, College team and UK Aspiring Paediatricians (UKAPS) Committee select the finalists and ultimately the winner. The panel looks for abstracts that:

  • include objectives and outcomes related to an aspect of paediatrics
  • show originality of thought
  • consider the implications for impact on clinical practice
  • demonstrate personal reflection.

We invite the authors of the top three abstracts to give a seven-minute oral presentation (five minutes presenting and two minutes for questions) and the prize winner is determined on the day by the panel of judges, based on the criteria above. They present at the UK Aspiring Paediatricians session at RCPCH Conference. 

Left to right: Dr Blanche Lumb, Sharon Darkwa, Lucy Reason, Sarah Shinner and Bridget Kemball
Left to right: Dr Blanche Lumb, Sharon Darkwa,
Lucy Reason, Sarah Shinner and Bridget Kemball

Winner and finalists

    Sharon Darkwa was our deserving winner in 2022 for her reflection from her placement at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana. She asserts that "all paediatricians are poor" as she explores myths and disparities in paediatrics.

    I'm really pleased to have been awarded the Tony Jackson Memorial prize at the RCPCH conference this year. I had lots of thoughts when leaving my placement at Korle Bu's children's A&E and was so emotionally stirred that I wanted to do more with the experience than keep it to myself. The UKAPS session helped me to achieve just that, as well as giving me the opportunity to be inspired further by the world of paediatrics.

    Sharon Darkwa, 2022 winner

    We had one other finalist in 2022. Lucy Reason looked at transition to adult services based on her placements and a literature review.

    I was delighted to be a finalist for the Tony Jackson Memorial Prize. It was a great opportunity to experience presenting and to share some of my reflections from paediatrics. It was incredibly insightful to listen to other finalists. I thorougly enjoyed attending the RCPCH 2022 conference, listening to some very interesting and inspirational doctors, gaining insight into areas of paediatrics I had not previously been exposed to during placements. Attending the RCPCH conference has increased my interest in paediatrics, I am very excited at the prospect of a future career in such a diverse specialtiy. I look forward to attending again in the future.

    Lucy Reason, 2022 finalist

    You can read a judge's blog about awarding the Tony Jackson Memorial Prize in 2022, and download Sharon and Lucy's abstracts and presentations below.