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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

RCPsych Awards 2014:  Extended deadline

 

Celebrating success at the 2013 RCPsych Awards

Following requests from members, there are now two weeks of extra time to put together an award-winning entry for the RCPsych Awards 2014.  The extended closing date for entries is Monday 28 April 2014. 

The RCPsych Awards mark the highest level of achievement in psychiatry.  This is your opportunity to nominate the outstanding teams and individuals who are making a real difference to mental health services. 

This year there will be five Team Awards, highlighting the pivotal role that psychiatric teams play in improving and innovating psychiatric services and care. A brand new Award category for 2014 will recognise the work of a team that has made an outstanding contribution to sustainability.  A second new Award for 2014 highlights the outstanding work being done by psychiatrists working as volunteers, both in the UK and overseas. 

The deadline for entries is now Monday, 28 April 2014

 

Please read the Rules of Entry and ensure that your entry has answered all the required criteria.

 

For enquiries about the Awards, please contact Liz Cowan

 

Sponsored prizes announced

Over £2,000 of books and book-vouchers will be presented to RCPsych Award winners.

We are very grateful to publishers Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Wiley, and RCPsych Publications for providing sponsored books and book-voucher prizes.  Each prize will comprise textbooks and/or book-vouchers, to a value of between £400 and £500.

 

Prizes will be presented to Award winners in the following categories.

  • Core Psychiatric Trainee of the Year
  • Higher Psychiatric Trainee of the Year
  • Psychiatric Trainer of the Year
  • Foundation Trainee of the Year
  • Medical Student of the Year

 

 

2014 RCPsych Award Categories and Criteria

Click on a category title for the Award’s criteria and entry form

1.      Core Psychiatric Trainee of the Year (CT1–CT3)

2.      Higher Psychiatric Trainee of the Year (ST4–ST6 and SpR)

3.      Psychiatric Trainer of the Year

4.      Academic Researcher of the Year

5.      Public Educator of the Year

6.      Service User/Patient Contributor of the Year

7.      Carer Contributor of the Year

8.      Psychiatrist of the Year

9.      Psychiatric Team of the Year: Children and adolescents

10.     Psychiatric Team of the Year: Working-age adults

11.     Psychiatric Team of the Year: Older-age adults

12.     Psychiatric Team of the Year: Non-age specific

13.     Psychiatric Team of the Year: Outstanding contribution to sustainability *

14.     Medical Student of the Year

15.     Foundation Doctor of the Year

16.     Specialty Doctor/Associate Specialist of the Year

17.     Psychiatrist Volunteer of the Year *

           * New category for 2014

 

Award Criteria 2014

 

1.   RCPsych Core Psychiatric Trainee of the Year (CT1-CT3)

Self-nominations, or nominations for trainees by other trainees, cannot be accepted in this category. 

 

This award is for trainees who have demonstrated through their clinical performance and practice that they have attained a level of achievement over and above that expected for their grade.

 

The person nominated should be resident in the UK. They should demonstrate exceptional levels of achievement as:

 

  • An innovator
  • A scholar
  • A researcher
  • A clinician
  • A medical and/or non-medical educator.

Entry form: Core Psychiatric Trainee of the Year

 

 

2.   RCPsych Higher Psychiatric Trainee of the Year (ST4–ST6 and SpR)

Self-nominations, or nominations for trainees by other trainees, cannot be accepted in this category.

 

This award is for trainees who have demonstrated through their clinical performance and practice that they have attained a level of achievement over and above that expected for their grade.

 

The person nominated should be resident in the UK.  They should demonstrate exceptional levels of achievement as: 

 

  • An innovator
  • A scholar
  • A researcher
  • A clinician
  • A medical and/or non-medical educator
  • A leader

Entry form: Higher Psychiatric Trainee of the Year

 

 

3.   RCPsych Psychiatric Trainer of the Year

Self-nominations in this category cannot be accepted.

 

This category is open to nominations for educational supervisors, clinical supervisors, college tutors, rotational training scheme organisers, heads of schools, and any psychiatrists who can demonstrate a significant contribution to the training of trainee psychiatrists, medical undergraduates or medical professionals.  They should be resident in the UK.

 

The contribution may be at local, regional or national level.

 

The nominee should demonstrate innovation and/or excellence in relation to one or more of the following:

 

  • In-house training provision (e.g. journal clubs, case conferences)
  • Individual trainees
  • Rotational training schemes
  • Helping colleagues with improving their training skills/schemes
  • Developing online training
  • National, regional or local training initiatives
  • Developing training in the face of the reduction in trainees’ hours
  • Helping trainees with difficulties or mentoring to help trainees.

Entry form: Psychiatric Trainer of the Year

 

 

4.   RCPsych Academic Researcher of the Year

Self-nominations in this category cannot be accepted.

 

This award recognises the critical role that academics play in scientific research that improves the understanding of, and treatment and care of people with, mental illness. The 2014 Award is for an academic researcher in a post up to and including senior lecturer/reader grade (or equivalent), but not a full professorship.

Nominations should only include work carried out during the past three years.  Nominees should have been in their current academic post, at their current grade, for no more than five years.

Entries should demonstrate exceptional levels of achievement in the following areas:

  • Skill as a scholar and researcher
  • Outstanding research contribution in publications and presentations
  • Skill as a lecturer
  • Mentorship in research and other academic activity

Entry form: Academic Researcher of the Year

 

5.   RCPsych Public Educator of the Year

Self-nominations in this category cannot be accepted.

 

This award is to recognise the efforts of an individual or group that has championed awareness of mental health issues through public education such as media work, through schools or outreach work, nationally and/or internationally.

 

This person or group can come from any background, including the media, charity sector, politics, education and industry.

 

Entries should demonstrate that the nominee has:

 

  • Challenged negative stereotypes and perceptions of mental illness.
  • Conveyed information about mental health in a creative and accessible way.
  • Demonstrated first-class communication skills.
  • Raised awareness of psychiatric issues in a positive manner.
  • Promoted the importance of mental health in society.

Entry form: Public Educator of the Year

 

 

6.   RCPsych Service User/Patient Contributor of the Year

Self-nominations in this category cannot be accepted.

 

Nominations can be for individuals or service user/patient groups.  Individuals should be resident in the UK. 

 

The entry should demonstrate how the nominee has met at least two of the following criteria:

 

  • Has made a positive impact at a local and/or national level to improve mental health services.
  • Has improved the perception of mental health issues and/or mental health services.
  • Has encouraged change in the development of mental health policy.
  • Has been an accessible role model to mental health service professionals, other service users/patients and/or carers.
  • Has contributed to the recruitment and/or training of psychiatrists and/or other mental health service professionals.

Individual service users/patients directly involved in the work of the College can be nominated for work they do outside the College. However, if they are nominated, work done specifically for the College (e.g. work done through College committees or forums) will not be considered in the judging process.

 

Entry form: Service User/Patient Contributor of the Year

 

 

7.     RCPsych Carer Contributor of the Year

Self-nominations in this category cannot be accepted.

 

Nominations will be accepted for individuals and carer groups.  Individuals should be resident in the UK. 

 

The entry should demonstrate how the nominee has met at least two of the following criteria:

  • Has made a positive impact at a local and/or national level to improving mental health services.
  • Has improved the perception of mental health issues and/or mental health services.
  • Has encouraged change in the development of mental health policy.
  • Has been an accessible role model to mental health service professionals, service users/patients and/or carers.
  • Has contributed to the recruitment and/or training of psychiatrists and/or other mental health service professionals.

Individual carer or carer groups directly involved in the work of the College can be nominated for work they do outside the College. However, if they are nominated, work done specifically for the College (e.g. work done through College committees or forums) will not be considered in the judging process.

 

Entry form: Carer Contributor of the Year

 

 

8.     RCPsych Psychiatrist of the Year 

Self-nominations in this category cannot be accepted.

 

Nominations should be made by psychiatrists.  Only nominations for members or associates of the Royal College of Psychiatrists can be considered in this category.  The person nominated should be resident in the UK.

 

The entry should demonstrate that the nominee:

  • Has made a positive impact at a national and/or local level to service user/patient and/or carer well-being.
  • Has raised the positive image of psychiatry across the rest of medicine and society.
  • Has demonstrated innovation in clinical practice and service development.
  • Is a proven positive role model for the rest of the psychiatric profession.

Entries in this category should demonstrate efforts made towards achieving parity of esteem between mental and physical health, defined as valuing mental health equally with physical health.  Parity for mental health is a College priority, and this is now reflected in some RCPsych Awards.  For further information see http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/policyandparliamentary/whatsnew/parityofesteem.aspx

 

Entry form: Psychiatrist of the Year

 

        

9.     RCPsych Psychiatric Team of the Year: Children and adolescents

Self-nominations will be accepted in this category. Entries must be accompanied by a letter of support from the Chief Executive, Chair or other member of the organisation’s board or senior management team.

 

This Award is to recognise the pivotal role that psychiatric teams play in improving or innovating psychiatric services and care for children and adolescents.  Teams should be employed in the UK.

 

Entries should demonstrate how the team meets the following criteria:

 

Quality improvement

  • Service development, redesign and/or quality improvement.

Leadership and teamwork

  • Effective leadership.
  • Good team-working.
  • Engagement of young people, parents and/or stakeholders

Effective use of resources

  • That service users/patients’ and/or carers’ quality of life was improved as a result of the team’s work.
  • An assessment of the relevance of the project to its target population as a whole.
  • Whether this was a change in the ways of working to make better use of existing resources or whether, and how, extra resources were obtained.
  • That this service development, redesign or quality improvement related to a specific situation or need.

Entry form: Psychiatric Team of the Year - Children and adolescents

 

 

10.    RCPsych Psychiatric Team of the Year: Working-age adults

Self-nominations will be accepted in this category. Entries must be accompanied by a letter of support from the Chief Executive, Chair or other member of the organisation’s board or senior management team.

 

This Award is to recognise the pivotal role that psychiatric teams play in improving or innovating psychiatric services and care for working-age adults.  Teams should be employed in the UK.

 

Entries should demonstrate how the team meets the following criteria:

 

Quality improvement

  • Service development, redesign and/or quality improvement.

Leadership and teamwork

  • Effective leadership.
  • Good team-working.
  • Engagement of service users/patients and carers.

Effective use of resources

  • An assessment of the relevance of the project to its target population as a whole.
  • Whether this was a change in the ways of working to make better use of existing resources or whether, and how, extra resources were obtained.
  • Evidence of improvement resulting from the team’s work.

Entry form: Psychiatric Team of the Year - Working-age adults

 

 

11.    RCPsych Psychiatric Team of the Year: Older-age adults

Self-nominations will be accepted in this category. Entries must be accompanied by a letter of support from the Chief Executive, Chair or other member of the organisation’s board or senior management team.

 

This Award is to recognise the pivotal role that psychiatric teams play in improving or innovating psychiatric services and care for older-age adults.  Teams should be employed in the UK.

 

Entries should demonstrate how the team meets the following criteria:

 

Quality improvement

  • Service development, redesign and/or quality improvement.

Leadership and teamwork

  • Effective leadership.
  • Good team-working.
  • Engagement of service users/patients and carers.

Effective use of resources

  • An assessment of the relevance of the project to its target population as a whole.
  • Whether this was a change in the ways of working to make better use of existing resources or whether, and how, extra resources were obtained.
  • Evidence of improvement resulting from the team’s work.

Entry form: Psychiatric Team of the Year - Older-age adults

 

 

12.    RCPsych Psychiatric Team of the Year: Non-age specific

Self-nominations will be accepted in this category. Entries must be accompanied by a letter of support from the Chief Executive, Chair or other member of the organisation’s board or senior management team.

 

This Award is to recognise the pivotal role that psychiatric teams play in improving or innovating psychiatric services and care.  Teams should be employed in the UK.

 

Entries should demonstrate how the team meets the following criteria:

 

Quality improvement

  • Service development, redesign and/or quality improvement.

Leadership and teamwork

  • Effective leadership.
  • Good team-working.
  • Engagement of service users/patients and carers.

Effective use of resources

  • An assessment of the relevance of the project to its target population as a whole.
  • Whether this was a change in the ways of working to make better use of existing resources or whether, and how, extra resources were obtained.
  • Evidence of improvement resulting from the team’s work.

Entry form: Psychiatric Team of the Year - Non-age specific

 

 

13.    RCPsych Psychiatric Team of the Year: Outstanding contribution to sustainability

Self-nominations will be accepted in this category. Entries must be accompanied by a letter of support from the Chief Executive, Chair or other member of the organisation’s board or senior management team.

This new Award for 2014 has been developed in partnership between the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (http://www.sustainablehealthcare.org.uk/). The Award aims to recognise work done by healthcare professionals that demonstrates an understanding of the connection between health and the environment, and helps to improve the sustainability of mental health care. 

 

Teams should be based in the UK.

 

Entries should provide evidence of the following:

 

a)   Sustainability

  • Demonstrate a service improvement project which creatively improves the environmental sustainability of mental health care in any of the following areas:     Reduced resource use;  reduced waste;  reduced carbon footprint;  reduced staff and service user/patient travel.
  • Describe how this project affected quality of care.
  • Describe any other advantages or gains that the project achieved.
  • Highlight information that will assist other organisations to implement similar changes (for example, detailing who was involved, what resources were required, any barriers overcome, and how the change will be sustained).

b)   Leadership and teamwork

  • Demonstrate effective leadership.
  • Demonstrate good team-working.

c)   Effective use of resources

  • Demonstrate an assessment of the relevance of the project to its target population as a whole.
  • Demonstrate that service user/patients’ and/or carers’ quality of life was improved as a result of the project.

Entry form: Psychiatric Team of the Year - Outstanding contribution to sustainability

 

 

14.    RCPsych Medical Student of the Year

Self-nominations, or nominations by other students, cannot be accepted. Nominations are welcome from trainee psychiatrists and consultant psychiatrists.

 

This award is for a medical student who has demonstrated through their academic and extra-curricular performance that they have attained a level of achievement over and above that expected for their years of training, with achievements and experience reflecting a specific interest in psychiatry as a career.  The person nominated should be resident in the UK.

 

The entry should demonstrate an exceptional level of achievement in at least one of the following categories:

  • An innovator 
  • A scholar
  • A researcher
  • A medical and/or non-medical educator.

Entry form: Medical Student of the Year

 

 

15.    RCPsych Foundation Doctor of the Year

Self-nominations, or nominations by other foundation doctors, cannot be accepted. Nominations are welcome from trainee psychiatrists and consultant psychiatrists.

 

This award is for a foundation doctor (FY1-FY2) who has demonstrated through their clinical performance and practice that they have attained a level of achievement over and above that expected for their grade, with achievements and experience reflecting a specific interest in psychiatry as a career. The person nominated should be resident in the UK.

 

The entry should demonstrate an exceptional level of achievement in at least one of the following categories:

  • An innovator
  • A scholar
  • A researcher
  • A clinician
  • A medical and/or non-medical educator.

Entry form:  Foundation Doctor of the Year

 

 

16.    RCPsych Specialty Doctor/Associate Specialist of the Year

Nominations are welcomed from supervisors, clinical tutors, clinical lead/directors, SAS leads or other senior colleagues.  Self-nominations cannot be accepted. 

 

Specialty Doctors/Associate Specialists (SAS doctors) are essential components of service provision, providing a major share of the medical input in many teams.  This award is to recognise an SAS doctor who has demonstrated advanced clinical skills as well as excelling in service development, teaching, research and leadership.  Their contribution may be at local, regional or national level.  Entries can relate to work undertaken at any time during the period January 2011 to December 2013. 

 

The entry should demonstrate excellence in at least one of the following areas:

  • Clinical work
  • Medical education
  • Leadership and management
  • Research
  • Innovation

It is not expected that SAS doctors will excel in all these areas. Particular weight will be given where there is evidence of an input outside the particular team in which the doctors is working.

Entries in this category should demonstrate efforts made towards achieving parity of esteem between mental and physical health, defined as valuing mental health equally with physical health.  Parity for mental health is a College priority, and this is now reflected in some RCPsych Awards.  For further information see http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/policyandparliamentary/whatsnew/parityofesteem.aspx

 

Entry form: Specialty Doctor/Associate Specialist of the Year

 

 

17.    Psychiatrist Volunteer of the Year

Nominations are welcome from all grades of psychiatrists.  Self-nominations in this category cannot be accepted.

 

The new category of Psychiatrist Volunteer of the Year has been created to recognise the services delivered by psychiatrists working as volunteers, both in the UK and overseas.

 

Every year hundreds of psychiatrists do volunteer work, with placements varying from weeks to months. Volunteers are an important resource; they work relentlessly and selflessly, sometimes in extreme conditions.

The nominee should demonstrate professionalism; innovation; sustainability; commitment demonstrable in terms of service user/patient and societal effect; service provision of highest quality integrated into national priorities; and meet international principles of service development.  They should demonstrate the impact of their work in the following areas:

a)       Teaching         

This may include some or all of the following:

  • Delivering high quality teaching and training to primary care staff, trainees, and medical students.
  • Delivering training the trainers programme.
  • Specialist teaching.
  • Public education.
  • Carers and community teaching.
  • Using innovative methods and media.

b)       Service development

This may include some or all of the following:

  • Developing or building current services to enhance capacity and increase service user/patient impact, integrating the services into the local system.
  • Sustainable health systems development.
  • Development of multi-sector programmes.
  • Human rights based.
  • Financial probity.
  • Good ethical principles.
  • Ability to generate funds for projects.

c)       Leadership skills                                                                                                                       This may include some or all of the following:

  • Demonstrating organisational ability in context of co-development.
  • Able to lead from the front, sensitive to local context.
  • Able to delegate responsibilities and to provide supervision to staff.
  • Sustainability and exit strategy.

d)       Demonstrable benefits to UK

This may include some or all of the following:

  • Able to bring back valuable experience to the UK.
  • Understanding of transcultural, religious and mental health aspects, and how these apply to the UK.
  • Using the experience to manage complex cases.
  • Demonstrate understanding of economy of human resources, and using the principle of doing more for less.
  • Ethical and human rights focus.
  • Managing with limited resources.
  • Innovations translated and applied to the UK.

Entry form:  Psychiatrist Volunteer of the Year

 

Rules of Entry 2014

Entries must relate to work undertaken between January 2013 and December 2013, unless otherwise stated.

 

The awards cover both mental health and learning disability services.

 

Unless otherwise stated, entries can be made by:

  • Individuals
  • Teams
  • Organisations
  • Trusts/service providers
  • Faculties
  • Divisions
  • Service user/patients and/or carers
  • Voluntary organisations

No charge will be made for entries.

 

Entries should be submitted by email on the entry form provided.

 

All entries will be treated as confidential, but the Royal College of Psychiatrists reserves the right to publish the entry summaries.

 

Nominees must have given their permission to be nominated, and must have agreed to attend the Awards ceremony, prior to the entry being submitted.  

 

All shortlisted nominees will be required to attend the Awards ceremony in London on 6 November 2014. 

 

Shortlisted nominees will be required to supply a photograph of themselves/the team in high-resolution, electronic format.

 

The verdict of the judging panel is final and no correspondence can be entered into.

 

The judges reserve the right to withhold any award should it be felt that the entries are below the required standard.

 

Members, Associates and Affiliates of the Royal College of Psychiatrists must be in good standing in order to be considered for an Award.

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Feedback from last year's  Award winners

 

How did you prepare for your nomination?

“We had been working hard for the success of the project, and thought it would be a good idea to get recognition for our work. I made sure we were able to show the innovation and the effort we had put into it when we prepared the nomination". 

Dr Manoj Rajagopal, Bryn Hesketh Memory Clinic Team, RCPsych Psychiatric Team of the Year 2013: Older-age adults

 

 

What do you think, made you successful in your category?

“I hope it was the fact that we had developed a genuinely innovative treatment programme which had been shown to be effective, and also liked by the patients and their families". 

Dr Andrea Brown, Naomi Unit, The Retreat, York, RCPsych Psychiatric Team of the Year 2013: Working-age adults

 

 

What advice would you give to other people who feel that they may be eligible to be entered for such an award?

“Continue to work hard to develop clinical and non-clinical skills. Demonstrate these by taking part in research, audit and service development projects, and gather feedback from patients and colleagues" .

Dr Pamela Bowman, RCPsych Core Psychiatric Trainee of the Year 2013