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
- Critical appraisal of the impact of contemporary health and/or
social care policy affecting the care of people with severe mental
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 email@example.com. 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.