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RCGP Awards

GPs are the beating heart of patient care and primary care. 2020-21 has been one of the most challenging times in our history. Our awards recognise the excellence, the efforts and the contributions that have been made to general practice.

Awards by subject

Research

Research Awards

Celebrating excellence in primary care research is an important part of the Research Programme at the RCGP. These awards celebrate research and help to promote them to GPs and the wider primary healthcare community.


Research awards and travel scholarships

We also offer a number of awards and scholarships recognising achievements in research and helping practitioners gain international experience.


John Fry Award

Deadline: End of February each year

Recommendation to RCGP by end of February each Year

The John Fry Award is an award by nomination normally presented each year by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), in consultation with the Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC).

The John Fry Award is presented to a Member or Fellow of the College who has promoted the discipline of general practice through research and publishing. The award is intended to encourage people to undertake research as a practising GP early on in their career and within 20 years of qualification as a GP.

Academic awards

Clinical Excellence Awards for Senior Academic General Practitioners

Applications for the 2021 national Clinical Excellence Awards through the Colleges processes are now closed.

The latest information on the 2021 awards is on the ACCEA website.

Training prizes

Fraser Rose Medal and the RACGP Trainee's Book Prize Award

The Fraser Rose Medal is awarded annually to the candidate who in completing the examination and concluding their training, has demonstrated outstanding performance to the panel of examiners. 

It was instituted by the Merseyside and North Wales faculty in 1972 and named in honour of Dr Fraser Rose who took a leading part in the formation of the RCGP.

The Royal Australian College donates a Trainee's Book Prize each year to be awarded to the Fraser Rose Medal winner.


Paul Freeling Award

Deadline: 23 July 2021

Award or awards of up to £1,000 for innovative or meritorious work in the field of GP Specialty Training for general practice. 


GP Specialty Trainee Award

Deadline for applications: 23 July 2021

Awarded for original and innovative work undertaken during GP specialty training. Up to five awards are available to attend the RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference in Liverpool from 14-15 October 2021.

Check here to see details of the latest winners.


Outstanding contribution

RCGP Certificate of Commendation

RCGP Certificate of Commendation is presented for outstanding contributions to the discipline of general practice and primary care.

Candidates for the award should normally be either long standing Members of the College or non medical people associated with general practice or the wider field of primary care.


Foundation Council Award

Deadline: End of March each year

One of the College's top awards, given for special meritorious work in connection with the College. 


George Abercrombie Award

Awarded from time to time for special meritorious literary work in general practice. The nominations are put to the Editorial Board of BJGP in the first instance and the Board's recommendation are put forward to the Fellowship and Awards Committee for consideration in April.


Honorary Fellowships

Honorary Fellowship is the College's most important award, awarded for outstanding work towards the objectives of the College.

The College is undertaking a review of the Honorary Fellowship process and are not accepting nominations at present.


The President's Medal

Deadline for nominations: End of March each year

The President's Medal is normally for a Member or Fellow who has achieved the most to promote the aims and objectives of the College. 


RCGP Membership under Ordinance 4(2)

Deadline for nominations: End of March and August each year.

Given in exceptional individual cases to doctors who have made a significant contribution to primary care, and for whom sitting the examination would be inappropriate at the stage they have reached in their career.


Patient care and outcomes

Discovery Prize Award

The Discovery Prize is awarded every three years for outstanding research in general practice. Important discoveries in general practice have transformed health care and the wellbeing of patients. The Discovery Prize recognises contemporary achievement of similar stature with continuing major importance for primary care in the UK and overseas.

  • Next award: 2021

RCGP Adolescent Health Care Award

This award is made in memory of Dr Kathy Phipps, who was an active and enthusiastic member of the RCGP Adolescent Health Group. The group aims to improve the quality of care and health outcomes for adolescents.

A discretionary prize of £250 will be awarded to the best poster on the theme of Adolescent Health Care for the RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference in October 2021.

The deadline for poster submissions will be confirmed at the end of March.
 
The conference will be from 14-15 October 2021 in Liverpool.

Community and volunteer awards

RCGP Inspire Awards

The Inspire Awards 2019 celebrated the work of our wonderful Members and the amazing work they do tirelessly throughout the year. Work is ongoing to bring these awards back in 2021 as we look to acknowledge and reward the outstanding contribution GPs have made to healthcare in what has been a year like no other. 

The Inspire Awards may take on a different form as we emerge from the challenges set by COVID-19, but their integrity will remain: to bring together and recognise, reward and celebrate the inspiring work and stories from across our diverse and widespread community of Members.

Awards categories and criteria will be shared in due course. Until then, why not take a look at the categories from 2019 and see if a GP you know could be a future Inspire Award winner.

Travel bursaries and awards

The RCGP Annual Conference Travel Bursary

Deadline: 2019 closed

RCGP Annual Conference 2019 Travel Bursary for students and foundation doctors The RCGP Annual Conference Travel Bursary is here to support students and foundation doctors who wish to participate in the events of RCGP Annual Conference where cost is a barrier.

Email: discovergp@rcgp.org.uk

RCGP staff awards

John Horder Award

Deadline: End of February each year

The John Horder award recognises exceptional contributions by members of RCGP staff and will be presented at the College's Annual General Meeting.

The Chair of the Fellowship and Awards Committee invites nominations each year.


Michael Drury Award

Deadline: End of February each year

The Michael Drury Award recognises exceptional service by a staff member working out with the College headquarters. The award is presented at the College's Spring General Meeting.

The Chair of the Fellowship and Awards Committee invites nominations each year.


Rose Prize

Deadline: 31 March 2021

The biennial Rose Prize for original work in the history of British general practice is now open for applications.

RCGP Lecturers

  • The William Pickles Lecture given at the Spring General Meeting and it is usually on a topic related to education.
  • The James Mackenzie Lecture given at the AGM and the topic usually relates to an aspect of clinical medicine.
  • The John Hunt Lecture was established to celebrate the College's fortieth anniversary. It is given once during each College presidency and is delivered by someone who is not normally medically qualified and is normally on a lay topic.

Awards by location

Scotland

RCGP Scotland

  • RCGP Scotland Outstanding GP Award (annual): The award will recognise outstanding achievement of quality patient care. GPs can be nominated by their colleagues and peers or, where applicable, by the local PPG/patient group.
  • RCGP Scotland Alastair Donald Award (annual): The award will recognise outstanding achievement in the areas of service delivery, education, research and wider contribution to society. It will also commemorate the contribution that Alastair Donald made to the RCGP.
  • RCGP Scotland Student Award for Creativity in General Practice (annual): The award will be given a Scottish medical student or foundation doctor in Scotland who has provided a creative piece which illustrates what general practice means to them and the impact that GP has on patient care.
  • RCGP Scotland Early Career Academic GP Award (annual): It is open to all GPs in Scotland who have completed CCT within the last 5 years and do not yet have a higher degree (PhD or MD) or who were awarded their PhD in the same calendar year or the calendar year before the paper was published. Potentially, candidates could apply more than once in successive years, but they cannot apply more than three times in total.
  • RCGP Scotland / NES Outstanding GP Trainer Award (annual): The award will be given to a GP Educational Supervisor in Scotland who has provided excellence in teaching and training of GP Trainees as detailed in the nomination form. Nominations can only be received from Trainees who have completed their training in the previous 18 months (and are therefore no longer GP Trainees).
  • RCGP Scotland Outstanding GP Trainee Award (annual): The award will be given a GP Trainee in Scotland who has completed training and is considered outstanding by either their GP Educational Supervisor or TPD. The award will take into consideration all aspects of training and the journey that the Trainee may have taken. The nominator may wish the judging panel to consider any pertinent obstacles that a Trainee has had to overcome in the period of their training to demonstrate their overall achievement in completion of their training and the well-rounded, excellent GP they have become. Nominations can only be received from GP Educational Supervisors or TPD for Trainees who have completed their training in the previous 18 months (and therefore are no longer GP Trainees).
  • RCGP Scotland/ Scottish Government Cluster Quality Improvement Project Award (annual): It is open to all clusters in Scotland. The application needs to describe an innovative improvement project that has been completed in the two years prior to the date of call for applications. The innovation should be described in no more than three pages of A4 via the available nomination form.
  • RCGP Scotland Outstanding Practice Award (annual): The RCGP Scotland Practice Team Award recognises the outstanding work of Practice Teams in Scotland and the high standard of quality patient care they achieve.

North East Scotland Faculty

  • Sir Lewis Ritchie Prize (annual): This annual award is presented to the trainee with the highest combined AKT and CSA scores of those completing training this year in the North East of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland.
  • Innovation Award (annual): Innovative achievement within Primary Care in the North East of Scotland Region. This could include innovation in the clinical, administrative or managerial spheres.
  • Palliative Care Award (annual): To recognise and acknowledge quality and achievement within Palliative Care.
  • Provost Medal (annual; the Faculty Awards Committee will make its recommendation(s) for final approval by Faculty Board. The medal does not require to be awarded annually): The medal will usually be awarded to a member or fellow of the College, who has provided excellence/substantial contribution to General Practice in North East Faculty area and/or in a national or international context. On occasion and in exceptional circumstances, there may be a non member of the College that the Faculty would wish to recognise for their outstanding contribution to General Practice. All nominees must have a formal role within General Practice in North East Faculty area.
  • AiT Conference Bursary (annual): 2 x AiTs to receive bursary to attend Annual Conference.
  • Denis Durno Award (annual): The Denis Durno Award recognises GP educationalists including undergraduate teachers and those involved in postgraduate teaching, including trainers and educational supervisors within GP Specialty Training and those more widely involved in postgraduate education who have ‘gone the extra mile’ to deliver high quality personal teaching to young doctors preparing for careers in general practice. The Denis Durno Award has been endowed by NE Scotland Faculty to recognise the contribution of Dr Denis Durno MBE who was the first Regional Adviser in General Practice in NE Scotland.
  • RCGP 1996 Spring Symposium Bursary (annual): To provide the opportunity for a General Practitioner from the North East of Scotland Faculty area to travel and study the delivery of general practice, or teaching and training programmes elsewhere.

West Scotland Faculty

  • AiT Conference Competition (annual): 2 x AiTs in Faculty to win tickets to Annual Conference.
  • WONCA Europe Conference Competition (annual): AiT or F5 in Faculty to win ticket to Conference.
  • Community Prize (annual): Medical student who deserves to be recognised for their voluntary contribution in the local community.
  • Stuart Murray Medal (annual): AiT in Faculty with highest CSA score.
  • James Scobbie Medal (annual): AiT in Faculty with highest AKT score.

East Scotland Faculty

  • AiT Conference Competition (annual): AiT Poster Prize - submit poster locally, one winner is selected to submit poster to Annual Conference. if selected to have their poster displayed, conference ticket paid, £200 towards travel expenses and £200 prize money.
  • John Lawson Award (annual): Awarded to the final year student who gains the highest outcome results in their 5th year General Practice Placement. This result is a combination of the end of block assessment, professional attributes, Mini CESs and CBD.
  • 4th Year Merit Awards (annual): Highest outcome results in 4th Year GP Placement and is a combination of the end of block assessment, professional attributes, Mini CEXs and CBD - this is for the £150 prize. The remaining Merit Awards - awarded to five 4th year students who gain the Highest outcome results after the Prizewinner is a combination of the end of block assessment, professional attributes, Mini CEXs and CBD..

North Scotland Faculty

  • GPST of the Year Award (annual): The Award aims to recognise, celebrate and encourage Caledonian/Rural track Specialty Trainees who go over and above the requirements of the e-portfolio and exam process. This has been created by trainees for trainees with the support of RCGP North Scotland Faculty and NHS Education Scotland (NES).

South East Scotland Faculty

  • Trainee of the year (annual): Awarded to local Trainee with the highest results in both AKT and CSA.
  • Pat Manson Educators Award (annual): Nominated by local Trainees, in recognition of outstanding contribution made by anyone related to training (not just trainers).
  • Provost Medal ("as and when" - not always presented annually): Awarded to someone in the Faculty in recognition to their work to general practice locally.
  • Joint QiP award (annual): Joint award with NHS Education Scotland; Faculty provide the funding and NES do the selection process.

Wales

RCGP Wales

  • GP of the Year (annual): Find out more about the GP of the Year award.
  • Practice Team of the Year (annual): Find out more about the Practice Team of the Year award.
  • Cluster Innovation Award (annual): This is a new RCGP Award for 2019, which will be presented at the Gala Awards Winter Ball.
  • ThriveGP! Award (annual): New Award introduced in 2019. GPs need to demonstrate what mechanisms they use to achieve work/life balance and how this has contributed to how they thrive on a day to day basis.
  • Trainee of the year (annual): Trainee who achieves the highest combined score in the RCGP Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) and the Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA).

South West Wales Faculty

  • Student Prize (annual): Students write a piece of reflective writing on their placement in general practice.
  • Student Prize (annual): Year 2 Student Living with Diagnosis Project Case Study.
  • Student Bursary x 2 (annual): Students apply for the conference ticket to attend RCGP Annual Conference.
  • AiT Bursary x 2 (annual): Trainees apply for the conference ticket to attend RCGP Annual Conference.
  • First5 Bursary x 1 (annual): First5 GPs apply for the conference ticket to attend RCGP Annual Conference.

South East Wales Faculty

  • Student Prize (annual): Cardiff GP long case entries.
  • Student Bursary x 2 (annual): Students apply for the conference ticket to attend RCGP Annual Conference.
  • AiT Bursary x 2 (annual): Trainees apply for the conference ticket to attend RCGP Annual Conference.
  • First5 Bursary x 1 (annual): First5 GPs apply for the conference ticket to attend RCGP Annual Conference.

North Wales Faculty

  • No awards currently given.

Ireland

Republic of Ireland Faculty

  • Clinical case undergraduate award (annual): Local medical schools run a clinical case competition. The winners attend an all Ireland final at the annual Spring meeting.
  • Manne Berber Research Award (alternate years): Awarded to a GP, MICGP or MRCGP, working in general practice in Ireland, for original research or a completed audit.
  • Robert Slaney Memorial Award (annual): Awarded to a GP, MICGP or MRCGP, working in general practice in Ireland, for original research.
  • Sheppard Memorial Prize (alternate years): Awarded by the Royal College of General Practitioners in Ireland to an undergraduate/postgraduate for an original essay.

RCGP Northern Ireland

  • GP of the Year (annual): Patient nominated award.
  • Practice of the Year (annual): Patient nominated award.
  • Student Awards x 3 (annual): NI medical students who took part in a GP elective has the opportunity to write a 500 word essay on what's good about GP. First prize and two runners up are awarded.
  • Chair's Award (annual): Awarded to the AiT with the highest combined CSA and AKT examination scores in a given year.
  • First5 Bursary (annual): NI First5 members apply for the award to attend RCGP conference or learning conference related to general practice. Each applicant can apply for up to £750 to cover costs for travel, booking fees, etc.

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