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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

The Medical Student Essay Prize

Conference bursary for Foundation Year One doctors

Lifetime achievement award in Rehabilitation & Social Psychiatry

Douglas Bennett Prize

 

Rehabilitation & Social Psychiatry Medical Student Essay Prize

 

The Faculty of Rehabilitation & Social Psychiatry has established an essay prize to encourage interest in rehabilitation psychiatry among undergraduates as an exciting and invigorating career option.

 

The Faculty invites eligible medical students to submit an essay of up to 3000 words on the topic of:

 

2017 topic to follow. Watch this space

 

Prize

The author of the winning entry will win £100, publication of the essay on the Faculty webpage and a certificate. The winner will be invited to make an oral presentation at the Faculty Conference and have their delegate fee for the whole conference and the conference dinner waived.  The prize will also cover one night at the conference hotel and £75 toward standard advanced travel within the UK.

 

Regulations

  • This competition is open to all undergraduate clinical medical students based at university within the United Kingdom;
  • Eligible students are invited to submit by email attachment an original essay of up to 3000 words on the given topic;
  • The word count includes footnotes but excludes the bibliography;
  • Entries will be shortlisted and judged by a panel appointed by the Faculty Executive Committee;
  • Entries will be judged on originality, clarity of expression, comprehension of the literature, cogency of argument and overall ability to convey enthusiasm for the specialty;
  • There will be provision for not awarding the prize, should satisfactory standards not be achieved;
  • The conference package is for the year in which the prize is awarded and cannot be carried over.

Closing date for entries:  2016 prize closed. Watch this space for the 2017 prize details

 

Submissions: Please submit essay together with a short curriculum vitae, by email attachment marking the email ‘Rehab & Social essay prize’ to Stella Galea, committee manager stella.galea@rcpsych.ac.uk

 

Winning essays

2016, Pei Ling Lim - 'is housing of importance to mental health?'


 

Bursary to attend the Faculty of Social & Rehabilitation Psychiatry Annual Conference for Foundation Year One doctors

 

The Faculty of Rehabilitation & Social Psychiatry offers a bursary to assist one Foundation Year One trainee to attend the Faculty conference, usually held in November each year.   The aim is to encourage interest in rehabilitation psychiatry among junior doctors as an exciting and invigorating career option.

 

The bursary includes free registration at the Faculty of Rehabilitation & Social Psychiatry Annual Conference, a place at the conference dinner, one night at the conference hotel and £75 towards standard advanced travel within the UK.

 

Eligibility: Eligible applicants will be foundation year one doctors in the United Kingdom at the time of applying.

 

Regulations: Applicants should send a brief CV by email with a covering letter, stating in no more than 250 words why they would like to attend the meeting and how they will disseminate their learning.

 

The conference package is for the year in which the prize is awarded and cannot be carried over.

 

Closing date: 2016 applications closed.  Watch this space for 2017 bursaries.

 

Submissions: Please submit application together with a short curriculum vitae, by email attachment marking the email ‘Rehab & Social bursary application’ to Stella Galea, committee manager stella.galea@rcpsych.ac.uk

 

 


 

Lifetime achievement award in Rehabilitation & Social Psychiatry

 

The Faculty of Rehabilitation & Social Psychiatry Executive Committee are pleased to invite nominations for the Faculty lifetime achievement award in Rehabilitation & Social Psychiatry.

 

The award is to honour the career of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry.  This might include contributions in clinical practice, service development, innovation, research, education and training or management.

 

The recipient will have achieved national or international status for their work in the duration of, and frequently beyond, their main employment.

 

Reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of the specialty the nominee need not be a College member or a psychiatrist.

 

The award is commemorated by a framed certificate, presented by the Faculty and signed by the Faculty Chair. 

 

Frequency:  Annually

 

Where presented:  The Faculty annual conference usually held in November each year.

 

Regulations:

I.     Nominations may be received from any Faculty member.  Nominations are to be made by email and must be received with a supporting statement.  Supporting documentation is welcome but not essential.  We are unable to accept self-nominations.  Nominations must be received by the deadline.  Those received after the deadline will not be considered.

 

II.   All valid nominations will be considered at the meeting of the Faculty Executive and Regional Representatives in June and the recipient determined by those present at that meeting.   

 

III.   Each member of the Faculty Executive including co-opted members and regional representatives will have a single vote.  A vote will be taken on the day of the relevant Faculty Executive meeting.  Those unable to attend will be able to vote by email contact prior to the Executive Meeting.  Votes received after the Executive Meeting will not be counted.  The recipient of the award will be decided by a “first past the post” system.  In the event of a tie the final decision will rest with the Faculty officers (Chair, Vice Chair and Financial Officer).

 

IV.  There will be no more than one award in any calendar year and the Executive reserves the right not to make an award if it considers there are no candidates of sufficient merit.

 

V.    The Faculty Chair will invite the recipient of the award, in writing, to the Faculty annual residential meeting when the award will be announced and presented by the Faculty Chair at the conference dinner.  The Faculty will meet the costs of conference registration, dinner and accommodation for the recipient and one accompanying guest.

 

VI.   The Faculty will not communicate with unsuccessful nominees but will notify nominators once a decision has been made.

 

Closing date:        Nominations closed for 2016 award. Watch this space for 2017 closing date.

                      

Submissions to:  Chair, Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry by email c/o Stella Galea, Committee Manager.

 

College contact:  Stella Galea stella.galea@rcpsych.ac.uk  

 

 


 

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 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 (17 & 18 November 2016, Cardiff). 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.

 

How to enter and closing date

 

The closing date for Douglas Bennett prize submissions will be advertised on the conference website.

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 conference website 


 

PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE DOUGLAS BENNETT PRIZE

Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry Annual Conference 2010The 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.

 

 

 

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