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 the RCPCH Conference 2019. Find out how to apply, or take a look at presentations from past winners.

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 the 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 open - 23 November 2018
  • Applications close - 1 February 2019
  • Finalists decided by - 28 February 2019

If you would like to enter, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to by 16:00, Friday 1 February 2019.

Our Vice President for Education appoints a committee of three judges to select the finalists and ultimately the winner. The panel will look 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.

For prize winners and finalists

We will invite the authors of the top three abstracts to give a seven-minute oral presentation (five minutes presenting and two minutes for questions) at the UK Aspiring Paediatricians session at the RCPCH Conference and exhibition 2019, which will be held at the ICC Birmingham (date and room location to be confirmed).

The prize winner will be determined on the day by the panel of judges, based on the criteria above and formally awarded their prize at the College's Annual General Meeting, which also takes place at the Conference. The three finalists will therefore have their Conference attendance costs and up to £50 travel expenses covered by the RCPCH.

Past winners

2018 - Sarah O’Rourke

2017 - Esther Westwood

Past finalists

2018 - Cameron Morrice and Jessica Salkind

2017 - Camille Kostov, Kate McGraw-Allen and Srividhiya Sriskandakumar

You can download some of the presentations below.