Announcing winners of the RCPCH Members’ Award 2022

We are delighted to announce this year's winners of the RCPCH Members' Award, honouring members who have done exceptional work in support of child health.
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Dr Tessa Davis

In 2013, Tessa co-founded Don’t Forget The Bubbles (DFTB), a paediatric educational resource. Based on the principle of free open-access medical education (FOAM), DFTB has become an international cornerstone of paediatric on-line material and world leader in making meaning from information in paediatrics. 

In 2020, Tessa launched Skin Deep, an international FOAM project enhancing knowledge of dermatological conditions in children with darker skin tones, filling a much-needed gap in the literature. By improving the diversity in paediatric skin images online, Skin Deep aims to improve education and therefore child health.

Tessa was a Director of YourStance, a community interest company formed in response to the growing incidence of serious youth violence in London. YourStance enables a volunteer base of over 250 doctors and nurses with experience of treating knife-related injuries, to teach basic life support, and haemorrhage control to vulnerable young people in non-traditional settings.

Dr Michael Farquhar

Mike is a consultant in sleep medicine at Evelina London Children’s Hospital. He trained in general paediatrics, respiratory paediatrics and sleep medicine in Glasgow, Nottingham, Sydney and London, and took up his current post in 2012.

In 2018, Mike co-led the PSHE Association to develop lesson plans to introduce teaching about sleep into the Personal, Health, Social and Economic curriculum in schools across England, emphasising the importance of helping all children, young people – and their families – to prioritise sleep in their lives.

Mike has a strong interest in raising awareness of issues and challenges faced by young people who identify as LGBT+, particularly when accessing NHS healthcare. In 2018, he helped develop and pilot the Rainbow NHS Badge scheme at Evelina London, which has now been adopted across Guy's and St Thomas' and beyond.

Dr Nashwa Matta

Nashwa has extended her clinical research and specialty management roles by studying newborn infants undergoing neonatal surgery and admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. She has gained commitment from the relevant specialists and adapted her teaching for staff and parents. This has led to the incorporation of the Principles of the Child in Mind programme into the approach to care in PICU and post surgery follow up to include neurodevelopmental review.

Nashwa provides ongoing teaching in her area of clinical practice that extends beyond her workplace in a major teaching hospital to community based health care teams in her locality and the wider regional services.

In her teaching Nashwa promotes the use of the Child in Mind programme and consistently refers to its content and the resources provided by RCPCH not only for paediatricians but for all health professionals and child health service users.

Congratulations to all three Members' Award winners in 2022. 

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