RCGP UK awards

Our awards recognise the contributions to general practice - the full list is included below. The College Faculties also have a range of awards. In many cases, awards are made possible by generous contributions from RCGP members and other organisations.

Find out more on how to nominate someone for an award.

For full criteria and nomination forms, contact secretariat@rcgp.org.uk or telephone 020 3188 7534 / 7537

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.

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

RCGP-SAPC Annual Elective Prize

Deadline: End of May each year

An annual prize of £500 is awarded for the best proposal by a medical student for an elective based in Primary Care/General Practice. The proposal might be to submit a relevant 'think piece’, research, improvement, innovation, invention, evaluation or audit.

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.

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.

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.

Previous College Awards

RCGP awards are usually presented at the College's general meetings. 

Other RCGP Awards

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.

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