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Prizes, bursaries and lectures - Faculty of the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability


Faculty of the psychiatry of learning disability

 


PRIZES

The Alec Shapiro Prizes for SpRs/specialty trainees STs 1 - 6  

The Faculty is pleased to be able to offer these prizes in the name of Dr Alexander Shapiro. Dr Shapiro died in April 1988 and was one of the great figures in the tradition of learning disability psychiatry. His erudition was considerable, as testified by his extensive contribution to medical literature; he received the CBE in recognition of this. 

 

Prize:  Two prizes, each of £100, for best poster presentation and best oral presentation

Frequency:  Annually

Eligible:  SHOs, SpRs and specialty trainees STs 1 - 6 or Members of the College

Where presented:  Faculty residential meeting, usually held in October each year

 

Regulations:

  1. All applicants must be working in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland.
  2. Applicants should be of ST 1 - 6 status, or College Members.
  3. Three assessors nominated by the Faculty Chair will judge the poster and presentation at the meeting. 
  4. Both presentations will be judged on clarity of presentation, time-keeping, originality of content, relevance to meeting, methodology and clarity of ideas; for the oral presentation quality of aids is an additional category.
  5. In the event that none of the applications is considered to be of a satisfactory standard, no award will be made.

 

Closing date:  End of August each year (15 July 2014 for the 2014 prize)

Submissions to: CALC by email

College contact:  CALC 0207 235 2351 Ext 6657

 


 

The Brian Oliver Prize  

This prize was established in 1991 from funds donated in memory of the late Dr Brian Oliver, who had been a member of the then Mental Handicap Faculty’s Executive Committee and, at the time of his death, was Honorary Secretary of the Mental Handicap Psychiatry Specialist Advisory Committee. The prize is awarded for research undertaken in the psychiatry of learning disability. 

 

Prize: £500

Frequency: Annually

Eligible: SHOs, SpRs, specialty trainees STs 1 – 6 or consultants in psychiatry (within three years of their first consultant appointment)

Where presented: Faculty residential meeting, usually held in October each year

 

Regulations:

  • Submissions may take the form of an original piece of work or a literature review.
  • Research involving collaboration between workers, whether psychiatrists or in other disciplines, may be submitted, but the prize may be shared between no more than two eligible applicants.  In each instance where collaborative research is submitted, there should be a clear indication of which parts of the research were undertaken by each worker and a statement to this effect signed by all collaborating workers must be submitted.

Applicants should submit by email:

  • In the first instance, a short summary (between 200 and 500 words) of their proposed submissions for approval by the examiners for the prize, to ensure that their work falls within the scope of the award
  • Thereafter, an essay or dissertation presenting their research.  Submissions, which may include figures and tables, should not exceed 10,000 words
  • A current, concise curriculum vitae together with a list of appropriate publications.

 

Recipients of the prize may be invited to present a report at the Faculty annual residential meeting.The prize examiners will be appointed by the Faculty Executive. No prize will be awarded if a sufficient standard is not reached.

 

Closing dates: Short summary: end of April each year

Final submission: end of June each year

Submissions to: Chair, Faculty of the Psychiatry of Learning Disability by email to the address below:

College contact: Committee Manager 0207 235 2351 Ext 6299

 


The Professor Joan Bicknell Medical Student Essay Prize 

This prize was established by the Faculty of the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability to be awarded for an essay written by a medical student about their contact with a person (or people) with learning disability during the course of their studies. 

 

Prize: £250

Frequency: Annually

Eligible: All clinical medical students in the UK and the Republic of Ireland

Where presented:  Faculty spring meeting, usually held in April each year

 

Previous winners

  • 2014: Iona Campbell
  • 2013: Colin Low
  • 2012: Francis O’Hanlon
  • 2011: Emily Hart
  • 2010: Tracey Norwich
  • 2009: Lucy McCabe
  • 2008: Christopher Holdridge
  • 2007: Esther March
  • 2006: Mr Etienne Laverse
  • 2005: Dr Ian Harwood

 

Regulations:

 

  1. The format of the prize will be an essay of no more than 3000 words, to be submitted by email.  The topic will be an account of a study module or project undertaken that brought the student into direct interaction and collaboration with a person (or people) with learning disability, and should focus on the ways in which the student’s training has been influenced as a result.
  2. The prize will be advertised in Student BMJ in the summer preceding the year of award and circulated to medical school deans yearly.
  3. The essays will be judged by a nominated panel of three Faculty Executive members.  The Faculty reserves the right to award more than one prize in exceptional circumstances.  Should a minimum agreed standard not be achieved, the prize might not be awarded.
  4. The Faculty will provide a subsidised place for the prizewinner at its annual spring meeting, at which the prize will be presented.

 

Closing date: 1 December each year

Submissions to:  Academic Vice-Chair, Faculty of the Psychiatry of Learning Disability

College contact:  Kitti Kottasz 0207 235 2351 Ext 6285

 


The Jack Piachaud medical student poster prize

The Faculty of the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability is pleased to be able to offer this prize to medical students based at a UK university. Students should present a poster based on a project/audit in learning disabilities.

 

Prize: One prize, £75 for best poster presentation

Frequency: Annually

Eligible: Medical students based at a UK university

Where presented:  Faculty residential meeting, usually held in October each year

 

Regulations:

  1. All applicants must be medical students at a university in the United Kingdom and they should present a poster based on a project/audit in learning disabilities.
  2. Two assessors nominated by the Academic Secretary will judge the poster and presentation at the meeting. 
  3. Posters will be judged on clarity of presentation, originality of content, relevance to meeting, methodology and clarity of ideas.
  4. In the event that none of the applications is considered to be of a satisfactory standard, no award will be made.

 

Closing date: 15 July each year

Submissions to: CALC by email to the address below:

College contact: CALC 0207 235 2351 Ext 6657 Email: CALC

 

 

BURSARIES

Faculty of the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability Bursary

The Faculty of the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability has established an educational bursary fund, currently £2000.00 per annum. The fund supports SpRs/specialty trainees STs 4 – 6 and Staff grade/Associate specialist doctors working in the field of learning disability who have been unable to obtain alternative, or sufficient, funding to attend College meetings and other appropriate educational activities.   

 

SPRs/specialty trainees STs 4 – 6 and Staff grades/Associate specialists may apply for a bursary of up to £200.00 to attend any educational event that is consistent with their educational objectives or PDP and has the approval of their training programme director (for SpRs/STs 4 - 6) or medical director (for Staff grades/Associate specialists).  

 

Application for a bursary grant

 

Specialty trainees (SpRs, STs 4 – 6)

who are having difficulty securing sufficient funding to attend a Faculty, College or other educational meeting should, in the first instance, discuss this with their placement supervisor and training programme director to ensure that attendance at the meeting is a training priority at that time and that all possible sources of funding have been explored.

 

If it is decided that application for a bursary grant should be made, the training programme director should apply by email letter to the Faculty Finance Officer. 

 

The application should state the size of the grant required (up to £200.00) and the reasons why full funding has not been obtained elsewhere.

 

Staff grades/Associate specialists

encountering difficulties in obtaining funding should discuss this with their clinical/medical director.

 

If it is decided that application for a bursary grant should be made, the clinical/medical director should apply by email letter to the Faculty Finance Officer.  

 

The application should state the size of the grant required (up to £200.00) and the reasons why full funding has not been obtained elsewhere.

 

Enquiries to:                

Finance Officer

Faculty of the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability

The Royal College of Psychiatrists

 

College contact: 

Kitti Kottasz

Tel: 0207 235 2351

 


Bursary for Psychiatrists from Developing Countries 

Introduction:

The Faculty of the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability will establish an annual bursary to enable a psychiatrist from a Low and Middle Income Country (LMIC) to attend the Faculty Annual Residential Meeting (usually held in October). The recipient will give an oral or poster presentation, or deliver a workshop at the Annual Residential Meeting (ARM).

 

The bursary will cover the cost of economy class travel, accommodation during the ARM, free registration, and attendance at the Conference Dinner, up to a maximum of £1,500.

 

 Informal mentors will be identified for the bursary-holder to enhance their introduction to Faculty members and their enjoyment of the meeting. The bursary will be advertised annually in International Psychiatry, The Psychiatrist and on the College website.

 

Regulations:

 

  • Psychiatrists living and working in LMIC who intend to present at the Faculty Annual Residential Meeting and wish to apply for the bursary should submit:
    • a) an abstract
    • b) a brief CV
    • c) a letter stating what financial help is required. The letter should include details of other sources of funding that have been sought by them. Candidates should also state how they believe their attendance at the meeting will benefit their service and practice.
    • d) a 500-word article on mental health and people with learning disabilities in the psychiatrist’s own country

     

  • A decision-making panel of Faculty Executive members will make the award against an agreed set of criteria.
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  • A cheque of up to a maximum of £1,500 will be awarded to the successful candidate on presentation of original tickets and receipts for all related expenditure. If an advance against the bursary is required for travel etc. alternative arrangements may be negotiated with the Faculty finance officer. In all cases supporting documentation for the expenditure will be required.
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  • The successful candidate will be required to submit an article giving their feedback on their experience at the residential meeting and their plans for disseminating their learning in their home country. If appropriate, the colleague will be mentored to submit the article for publication to a journal. 
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  • The Faculty reserves the right not to award the bursary if applications  received are not of a sufficient standard.

 

Closing date: 31 May each year

Submissions to: Faculty Academic Secretary 

College contact: Committee Manager: Kitti Kottasz Tel: 0207 235 2351


LECTURES

Jose Jancar Lectures       

  • LD 2011, Bristol - Dr Sylvia Carpenter, retired Consultant Psychiatrist for people with intellectual disabilities, Bristol and Chief Executive ‘Indis International’, community interest company.
  • LD 2010, Oulton Hall, Leeds – ‘The WHO Declaration on the Health of Children with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families’, Professor Sheila Hollins (Immediate Past President, Royal College of Psychiatrists), Professor of Psychiatry of Learning Disability, St George's University of London (no available abstract). Declaration of interest: Professor Hollins has been employed by an organisation that might be perceived to gain or lose from the content of her presentation and has other competing financial interests.
  • LD 2009, Barcelona Skipper Hotel, Barcelona – ‘Health inequalities: a focus on the remote and rural areas of the UK’,  Professor Richard Collacott, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland.
  • LD 2008, Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Manchester - Professor Gregory O’Brien, Northgate Hospital, Northumberland (no available available).
  •  LD 2007, Hilton Hotel, Belfast - Professor Tony Holland, Section of Developmental Psychiatry, Cambridge.
  • LD 2006, Andels Hotel, Prague – ‘Medical self-regulation in the 21st Century – hallmark of the profession or archaic artefact’, Dr John Hillery, Stewarts Hospital Services Ltd, Dublin (no available abstract).
  • LD 2005, De Vere Grand, Jersey – ‘Past, present and future: from stethoscope to crystal ball’, Dr J Calvert, Lisburn (no available abstract).
  • LD 2004, Radisson SAS, Glasgow – ‘People with learning disability: who really cares?’, Dr R A Collacott, Western Isles Hospital, Stornoway.
  • LD 2003, Catalonia Barcelona Plaza, Barcelona – ‘History of Faculty of Learning Disability as seen through the eyes of Dr Alan Heaton-Ward’, Dr Alan Heaton-Ward, Retired Consultant Psychiatrist, Stoke Park Hospital Group, Bristol and Lord Chancellor’s Medical Visitor.
  • LD 2002, Royal Marriot Hotel, Bristol – ‘The limits of psychiatry’, Dr Mike Shooter, President, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, London.
  • LD 2001, Jarvis Abbots Well Hotel, Chester - Professor Michael Gunn, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham (no available abstract).
  • LD 2000, Jury’s Hotel, Cork - Dr Leila Cooke, Phoenix NHS Trust Bristol Central (no available abstract).

 

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