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The Douglas Bennett Prize
The prize is awarded annually for the best
paper on rehabilitation psychiatry. It will be awarded to the
psychiatrist working in rehabilitation as a trainee, in a
non-career grade post, or as a consultant within two years of
appointment, who presents the best original work at the Faculty’s
The monetary value of the prize is determined
by the Faculty Executive and is currently £200.
There is no set topic, but the prize given in
Douglas Bennett’s name will use his guiding values in adjudication.
He valued creativity with practicality, simplicity with
illumination, applicability with humanity, and had an eye for clear
and rigorous methodology. This is a high and demanding
standard, which he applied to his research and clinical work alike,
and for which he is honoured with this prize.
Applicants for the prize are required to
submit a paper by email attachment, maximum length 2000 words on
one of the following:
The best submissions will be included in the
final programme for the Douglas Bennett Prize Session at the
Faculty’s Residential Meeting (Thursday 21 – Friday 22 November
2013, Birmingham). Shortlisted submissions will be invited to make
an oral presentation in this session which will be assessed by the
prize adjudication committee. No more than three papers will be
shortlisted for presentation. The prize winner will be
announced at the conference.
The target audience is the Faculty membership,
but it is expected that the winning paper would be submitted for
peer-reviewed publication, and would therefore be likely to appeal
to a wider professional audience.
The prize winner will be invited to produce an
abbreviated version of their paper (around
500 words) for inclusion in the Faculty
There will be provision for not awarding the
prize, should satisfactory standards from the applicants not be
Closing date for submissions:
2 September 2013.
Please email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. Results of
submissions will be confirmed via email by 17 September 2013.
Those shortlisted to make an oral presentation
for the Douglas Bennett prize have their delegate fee for that day
of the meeting waived. Further details about how to register for
the conference will be posted on the
Faculty’s website in May.
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