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

Prizes and bursaries in Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry

Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry Annual Conference 2010The 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 Residential Meeting.


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:


  • Original  work  to  investigate  hypotheses  relevant  to  the  care  of  individuals suffering from severe mental illness;
  • Description, rationale and evaluation of innovative service for people with severe mental illness;
  • Critical review/meta-analysis of existing treatments, interventions or services for people with severe mental illness;
  • Critical appraisal of the impact of contemporary health and/or social care policy affecting the care of people with severe mental illness.


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 newsletter.


There will be provision for not awarding the prize, should satisfactory standards from the applicants not be achieved.


Closing date for submissions: 2 September 2013. 


Please email your submission to 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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