RCGP UK awards

Our awards recognise the contributions made by people working in general practice. In many cases, awards are made possible by generous contributions from RCGP members and sponsor 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 

Deadline for poster submission: 3 June 2019

To encourage GPs to provide higher standards of care for their teenage patients. A discretionary prize of £250 will be awarded to the best poster on the theme of Adolescent Health Care for the 2019 RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference. The conference will take from 24-26 October 2019 in Liverpool. This award is made in memory of Dr Kathy Phipps, an active and enthusiastic member of the RCGP Adolescent Health Group.


Clinical Excellence Awards for Senior Academic General Practitioners

The RCGP is the nominating body for senior academic general practitioners for the Clinical Excellence Awards at national level. The RCGP has produced the attached guidance to assist senior academic GPs considering applying for a Clinical Excellence Award in the 2019 round. The deadlines for applications this year is very tight and applicants are therefore encouraged to being their applications as soon as possible. The document includes RCGP deadlines for Senior Academic GPs wanting a College ranking or citation for the 2019 ACCEA round: RCGP processes for ACCEA award [PDF] 

The current Clinical Excellence Award scheme round opened on 7 February 2019


Discovery Prize

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

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: 19 July 2019

Awarded for original and innovative work undertaken during GP specialty training. Up to five awards will be available to attend the 2019 RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference


Honorary fellowships

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

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


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 March 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 March 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: 8 March 2019

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.


Rose prize

Deadline: 2019 deadline closed 

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


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 delivered once during each College presidency.

William Pickles Past Lecturers

Year                      Name                       
2018 Professor R McKinley
2017 Professor C Gerada
2016 Professor K Thomas
2015 Professor P Hungin
2014 Professor S Gregory
2013 Professor V Wass 
2012 Professor J Bligh
2011 Dr T Davies
2010 Professor Sir J Tooke
2009 Professor A Howe
2008 Professor T Greenhalgh
2007 Professor S Hilton
2006 Professor Y Carter
2005 Professor A Esmail
2004 Professor G Watt
2003 Professor B Starfield
2002 Professor J Hayden
2001 Professor AL Kinmonth
2000 Sir K Calman
1999 Dr I Heath
1998 Professor S Murray
1997 Professor R Jones
1996 Professor I McWhinney
1995 Dr D Pendleton
1994 Dr EG Buckley
1993 Professor NCH Stott
1992 Professor CV Weel
1991 Dr M Boland
1990 Dr WMcN Styles
1989 Professor C Harris
1988 Dr MSTA Lawrence
1987 Dr M McKendrick
1986 Professor DHH Metcalfe
1985 Sir George Godber
1984 Dr JS Norell
1983 Professor JH Walker
1982 Professor WG Irwin
1981 Professor I Richardson
1980 Dr MP Taylor
1979  Dr DC Morrell
1978 Dr P Freeling
1977 Dr KM Parry
1976 Professor JDE Knox
1975 Dr D Irvine
1974 Professor ML Marinker
1973 Dr G Swift
1972 Dr RP Maybin
1971 Dr JE McKnight
1970 Dr WS Gardner
1969 Dr JP Horder
1968 Dr PS Byrne

James Mackenzie Past Lecturers

Year                        Name             
2018 Professor C Salisbury
2017 Professor J Campbell
2016 Professor T Avery
2015 Professor F Sullivan
2014 Professor P Little
2013 Professor N Mathers 
2012 Professor H Lester
2011 Professor J D Maeseneer
2010 Professor L Ritchie
2009 Professor M Lakhani
2008 Professor M Marshall
2007 Professor R Hobbs
2006 Professor D Haslam
2005 Professor S Brown
2004 Professor M Stewart
2003  Professor R Baker
2002  Professor M Pringle
2001 Dr D Mant
2000 Professor P Fugelli
1999 Dr J Toby
1998 Professor M Roland
1997 Dr B Sweeney
1996  Professor R Higgs
1995 Professor A Haines
1994 Professor RC Fraser
1993 Professor L Southgate
1992 Professor G Fowler
1991 Dr L Newman
1990 Professor B Jarman
1989 Dr J Tudor Hart
1988 Dr C Waine
1987 Dr GN Marsh
1986 Professor JGR Howie
1985 *Dr AG Donald
1984 Dr JC Hasler
1983 Professor Sir Michael Drury
1982 Dr ISL Loudon
1981 Dr SJ Carne
1980 Dr R Steel
1979 Dr CR Kay
1978 Dr WW Yellowlees
1977 Dr DJ Pereira Gray
1976 Dr J Fry
1975 Dr MC Stone
1974 Professor JS McCormick
1973 Dr JL Stevens
1972 Dr JH Hunt
1971 Dr DL Crombie
1970 Dr EV Kuenssberg
1969 Dr GKH Hodgkin
1968 Lord Amulree
1967 Dr Ronald Gibson
1966 Dr GI Watson
1965 Dr RMS McConaghey
1964 Professor R Scott
1963 Dr JM Henderson
1962 Dr RJFH Pinsent
1961 Dr KA Gillie
1960 Dr LW Batten
1959 Dr JAL Vaughan Jones
1958 Dr GF Abercrombie
1957 Dr DM Hughes
1956 Dr ID Grant
1955 Dr GO Barber
1954 Dr WN Pickles

John Hunt Past Lecturers

Year             
Name
2017 Sir T Smit
2015 Baroness S Chakrabahti
2012 Professor A Sen
2008 Dr D Berwick
2005  Dame J Smith
2002 Sir A Langlands
2000 Mr J Berger
1994 Professor The Revd G Dunstan
1992 The Prince of Wales 

Previous College Awards

RCGP awards are usually presented at the College's Spring Annual General Meeting. 


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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