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, best poster
presentation (£150) and best oral presentation (£200).
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
- All applicants must be working in the United Kingdom.
- Applicants should be of ST 1 - 6 status, or College
- Three assessors nominated by the Faculty Chair will judge the
poster and presentation at the meeting.
- 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.
- In the event that none of the applications is considered to be
of a satisfactory standard, no award will be made.
Closing date: Same as abstract
submission deadline, usually July/August each year (please check conference page).
Submissions to: CALC
College contact: CALC 0207 235 2351 Ext 6657
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
Eligible: SHOs, SpRs,
specialty trainees STs 1 – 6 or consultants in psychiatry (within
three years of their first consultant appointment)
presented: Faculty residential meeting, usually held
in October each year
- 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
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:
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
Eligible: All clinical
medical students in the UK
Faculty spring meeting, usually held in April each year
- 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
- The prize will be advertised in Student
BMJ in the summer preceding the year of award and circulated
to medical school deans yearly.
- 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.
- 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
Academic Vice-Chair, Faculty of the Psychiatry of Learning
Kitti Kottasz 0207 235
2351 Ext 6285
The Jack Piachaud medical student poster
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
Prize: One prize, £75 for
best poster presentation
students based at a UK university
Faculty residential meeting, usually held in October each
- 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.
- Two assessors nominated by the Academic
Secretary will judge the poster and presentation at the
- Posters will be judged on clarity of
presentation, originality of content, relevance to meeting,
methodology and clarity of ideas.
- In the event that none of the applications
is considered to be of a satisfactory standard, no award will be
Closing date: Same as
abstract submission deadline, usually July/August each year
(please check conference page).
Submissions to: CALC by email
to the address below:
College contact: CALC 0207
235 2351 Ext 6657 Email: CALC
The Gregory O'Brien Travelling
Professor Gregory O’Brien was a former Chair
of the Faculty of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability at the
Royal College of Psychiatrists. He was a Professor of Developmental
Psychiatry, Northumbria University & the University of
Queensland, Australia. His clinical work included that as a
Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director Northumbria,
Tyne & Wear NHS Trust and Senior Psychiatrist with the
Queensland Mental Health Assessment and Outreach Team of Disability
This travelling fellowship awarded from the
Faculty’s funds is a celebration of this pioneering clinician
researcher who was a role-model for many an aspiring doctor in the
field. It is intended to encourage psychiatric trainees and young
Consultants to broaden their academic and clinical knowledge in a
centre of excellence either in the UK or abroad. Though not
essential, candidates may wish to pursue a research study.
Visits are expected to be no longer than two to three weeks.
Applications will be judged against the
- The academic achievements shown by the candidate to date, based
upon their CV and references.
- The academic value of the proposed visit.
- The future plans and potential of the candidate.
Frequency: Every 2
must be in an approved UK training scheme working at CT1-ST6 level
or be within the first 3 years of a Consultant post.
Spring Conference of the Psychiatry of Intellectual
1. Applicants must work in the UK.
2. Applicants should submit an application letter including the
following – by email:
a) The names of two referees
b) A brief CV including research experience,
publications/presentations, career aims.
c) A detailed proposal which should include
- Clear academic aims and objectives and
how they will be met if you are awarded this fellowship
- How the plan for the proposed study/
experience was developed
- Proposed outputs or dissemination from
- Any potential pitfalls and contingency
d) Information about the host centre, with
confirmation that the proposal is acceptable to them
e) An identified supervisor or contact at the
f) Confirmation from the employing authority
that study leave will be granted if the applicant is
3. A panel of assessors appointed
jointly by the Chair and Finance officer of the Psychiatry of
Intellectual Disability Faculty will award the Fellowship. It is
not possible to provide detailed feedback to unsuccessful
4. The successful candidate will be expected
to submit a report to the Faculty of Psychiatry of Intellectual
Disability and may be asked to present at a Faculty meeting.
Closing date: 31 December every second
year (starting in 2015)
Submissions to: Finance
Officer, Faculty of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability, The
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Committee Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty of the Psychiatry of
Intellectual Disability Bursary
The Faculty of the Psychiatry of Intellectual
Disability has established an educational bursary fund, currently
£3000.00 per annum.
The fund supports all doctors in
training and SAS doctors working in the field of
intellectual disability who have been unable to obtain alternative,
or sufficient, funding to attend College meetings and other
appropriate educational activities.
Doctors in training and SAS Doctors may
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 clinical/ educational supervisor or
training programme director (for doctors in training) or medical
director (for Staff grades/Associate specialists).
Application for a bursary
Doctors in training 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
or 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, they
should apply by email to the Faculty Finance Officer. The
application should state the size of the grant required (up to a
maximum £200.00) and the reasons why full funding has not been
Staff grades/Associate specialists
(SAS Doctors) 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, they should apply by email 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.
In all cases, the Faculty Chair together with
the Vice-Chair, Academic Secretary and Finance Officer will jointly
decide, on behalf of the Faculty, whether a bursary should be
The bursary fund and applications received,
granted or refused will be reviewed annually by the Faculty
Executive and the size of the bursary fund adjusted to meet
demand. Where there appear to be significant local funding
difficulties, the appropriate regional/devolved administration
representatives may take action to address this with NHS providers
Faculty of the Psychiatry of Intellectual
The Royal College of Psychiatrists
Kitti Kottasz, Tel: 0203
Bursary for Psychiatrists
from Developing Countries
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- The Faculty reserves the right not to award
the bursary if applications received are not of a sufficient
Closing date: 31 May
Submissions to: Faculty Academic
contact: Committee Manager: Kitti Kottasz Tel:
0207 235 2351
- 2014 - Dr
Peter Carpenter, Consultant Psychiatrist, Avon and Wiltshire Mental
Health Partnership NHS Trust
- 2013 KN10 - Dr.
S. Johnston, Retired Consultant Psychiatrist
- 2012 KN9,
Professor Digby Tantam, Sheffield
- 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’,
Richard Collacott, University of the Highlands and Islands,
- 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,
- 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
- LD 2005, De
Vere Grand, Jersey – ‘Past, present and future: from
stethoscope to crystal ball’, Dr J Calvert, Lisburn (no
- 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
Dr Alan Heaton-Ward, Retired Consultant Psychiatrist, Stoke
Park Hospital Group, Bristol and Lord Chancellor’s Medical
- LD 2002, Royal
Marriot Hotel, Bristol – ‘The limits of psychiatry’,
Mike Shooter, President, The Royal College of Psychiatrists,
- 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