Turner-Warwick lectures

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Turner-Warwick lecturer scheme for trainee physicians is now in its second year. Celebrating the life and achievements of the RCP’s first female President, Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick, it has become a popular addition to the regional Update in Medicine conferences.

For 2020, the RCP again plans to select a lecturer from the trainees in each region to present to peers and senior colleagues at the regional Update in Medicine (or similar alternative meeting).

It was an honour to be awarded the Turner-Warwick lecture in celebration of Dame Turner-Warwick’s life and achievements. The opportunity to present at the regional Update in Medicine - Brighton was an incredible experience, and a privilege to stand on the same stage as some truly inspirational colleagues.

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


Trainees at IMT, CMT, 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 the date of the regional Update in Medicine conference in the region concerned.

Trainees should apply for the region where they are currently training.  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 work in one of the following areas (maximum 250 words):

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

Successful applicants will be notified at least four months in advance of the regional Update in Medicine conference. The lecturer will receive a plaque from the president of the RCP and be invited to the 2020 Harveian Oration and Dinner. There will also be an overall winner awarded, and they will be invited to present at the opening plenary session at Medicine 2020. In addition, the RCP will be producing an online yearbook of the 2020 Turner-Warwick lecturers.

Abstracts should be submitted using the online abstract submission form and will require a consultant supporting statement. Please note that it is possible to register your interest and submit an abstract later. All abstracts will be anonymised for the assessment process.   

RCP membership

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). 

Application dates and online submission form

Applications are now open for each region and expressions of interest and/or completed applications are welcome. Please select your respective region from the table below to access the online application form. 

Turner-Warwick 2020 lecture dates and deadlines for applications

Region Closing date Lecture date Location
East Midlands 29 Nov 19 24 Feb 20 Loughborough
Mersey 9 Dec 19 12 Mar 20 Liverpool
South West 30 Nov 19 31 Mar 20 Exeter
KSS 17 Jan 20 01 May 20 Brighton
Oxford & Thames Valley 14 Jan 20 08 Jun 20 Reading
Eastern 20 Jan 20 29 Jun 20 Cambridge
N. Ireland 10 Apr 20 10 Sep 20 Belfast
Wessex 21 Apr 20 21 Sep 20 TBC
North West 15 May 20 15 Oct 20 Bolton
West Midlands 22 May 20 22 Oct 20 Birmingham
Yorkshire 01 Jun 20 01 Nov 20 TBC
Wales 09 Jun 20 12/13 Nov 20 Cardiff
Northern 26 Jun 20 26 Nov 20 Newcastle
London 28 June 2020 Nov 2020 Kent/Surrey/Sussex TBC

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 465944, or email at gill.brown@rcplondon.ac.uk.

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