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Turner-Warwick lectures

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Turner-Warwick lecturer scheme for trainee physicians is now in its third year. Celebrating the life and achievements of the RCP’s first female President, Professor Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick, it has become a popular platform for the brilliant work and research being conducted by medical trainees around the UK .

For 2021, the RCP again plans to select a lecturer from the trainees in each region, these lectures will be presented on the RCP's digital platform, RCP Player.

It was an honour to be awarded the Turner-Warwick lecture in celebration of Dame Turner-Warwick’s life and achievements.

Dr Matthew Pavitt, specialist registrar – respiratory medicine Royal Brompton Hospital


Trainee physicians at IMT, CMT, MTI, ACCS-AM or ST3-7 level (or equivalent) are invited to apply. To be eligible they should not be expecting to complete training (i.e. obtain their CCT) before 30 November 2021.

Trainee physicians should apply for the region where they are currently training.  NB: this scheme is for a single lecturer and joint applications are therefore not accepted.  If you are a consultant physician please consider encouraging trainees to apply.

How to apply

Applicants need to submit an abstract of the proposed lecture, which should be based on their work in one of the following areas (maximum 250 words):

  • clinical research
  • successful quality improvement programme (QIP)
  • achievements in medical education

Submissions relating to COVID-19 are welcomed where they meet the criteria in any of the above categories.

Abstracts should be submitted using the application form and will require a consultant supporting statement. All abstracts will be anonymised for the assessment process.  

Closing dates for applications

Please note that applications have now closed for the 2021 Turner-Warwick lecturer scheme. 

Successful applicants

Lecturers will be invited to present their lecture on the RCP Player.  Presentation dates will be agreed with winning applicants.

The lecturer will receive a plaque from the president of the RCP and entry in the 2021 Turner-Warwick yearbook. There will also be an overall winner awarded, and they will be invited to present at Medicine 2022. 

Please note that although you do not need to be an RCP subscribing member to apply, all winning applicants will be offered free RCP membership for one year (either on renewal or as a new member).

Guidance for applicants

The lecture must be designed to be of educational value to a general medical audience and should include an evidence-based overview of the clinical topic. For example, if the lecturer's topic is based around a QIP they have carried out on the management of sepsis in their hospital, the lecture would provide an overview of current best practice in the management of sepsis.

Guidance for consultants

Supporting information may include comments on the trainee's work described in the abstract, their contribution to that work, or their academic, clinical and educational track record. Please comment on their lecturing/presentation skills, if possible. Supporting statements should be no longer than 150 words.


For more information, contact Gill Brown, deputy head of UK regions by phone on +44 (0)1858 458080, or email at gill.brown@rcp.ac.uk.

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