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Prizes and bursaries in Old Age Psychiatry


 

PRIZES

 

BURSARIES 

 


Prizes


 

The Felix Post Prize

The Felix Post Prize was established in 2004 to commemorate the contribution of Dr Post to old age psychiatry.  The late Dr Post remains a seminal figure of old age psychiatry. His work on the treatment and outcome of affective and paranoid disorders in older patients stands in the form of important classic papers.

 

This prize will allow established consultants and non-consultant grade career psychiatrists in non-academic units to reflect on their current work and describe in an essay an innovative task undertaken by the multi-disciplinary team which may contribute to the management of older patients suffering from functional illness.  The Faculty Executive decided on the additional criteria of entrants from non-academic units to promote research-oriented thinking among hard-pressed clinical teams. 

 

Prize:  £500

 

Frequency:  Annually

 

Eligible:  Entrants must be in a consultant post, or be a non-consultant grade career psychiatrist, working in non-academic units

 

Where presented:  Faculty residential meeting, usually held in March each year

 

Regulations

 

I.        The entry must be in the form of an essay based on current work and describing an innovative task undertaken by a multi-disciplinary team, which may contribute to the management of older patients suffering from functional illness.

 

II.       The essay should be approximately 4,000 to 6,000 words excluding references and tables, and should be submitted by email.

 

III.     Entries will be assessed by the Faculty Chair, Academic Secretary and a member of the Faculty Executive.

 

IV.     Should the judges feel that the standard has not been adequately met, the prize might not be awarded.

 

Closing date: 1 November each year

Submissions to: Chair, Faculty of the Psychiatry of Old Age by email to the address below:

College contact:  Committee Manager 020 3701 2587 Email:

 

 


 

The Lifetime Achievement Award in Older People’s Mental Health

The Lifetime Achievement Award in Older People’s Mental Health was established in 2004 by the Faculty of the Psychiatry of Old Age and in 2007 was recognised as a College award.

 

The award is to honour the career of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of older people’s mental health.  This might include contributions in clinical practice, service development, innovation, research, education and training or management.

 

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

 

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

 

Award holders:

 

  • 2014: Professor Alistair Burns
  • 2013: Professor Brice Pitt
  • 2012: Professor Tom Arie
  • 2011: Professor Susan Benbow
  • 2010: Professor Mary Marshall
  • 2009: not awarded
  • 2008: Professor Ian McKeith
  • 2007: Mr Harry Cayton
  • 2006: Professor David Jolley
  • 2005: Dr Nori Graham

 

Frequency:  Annually

 

Where presented:  Faculty residential meeting, usually held in March each year

 

Regulations:

 

I.    Nominations will be received from any Faculty Member and will be sought by notification given in the Faculty newsletter at least two months in advance of the adjudication. Nominations – by email – must be received with a supporting statement at least a month before the last executive meeting in the calendar year, usually held in the 3rd week of November.

 

II.    All valid nominations will be considered at the meeting of the Faculty Executive and Regional Representatives immediately preceding the Faculty annual residential meeting and the recipient determined by those present at that meeting.  Nominations received after this meeting will be carried over to the following year.  The Faculty will record names of all nominees.

 

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 Finance Officer).

 

IV.     There will be only 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.

 

Closing date: Nominations – by email – must be received with a supporting statement at least a month before the last executive meeting in the calendar year, usually held in the 3rd week of November.

Submissions to: Chair, Faculty of the Psychiatry of Old Age by email to the address below:

College contact: Committee Manager 020 3701 2587 

 

 


 

The Mohsen Naguib Prize

This prize was originally established informally by the Faculty in 1993 and formally in 1998 in memory of the late Dr Mohsen Naguib. A Coptic Christian, Dr Naguib originated from Egypt and worked at the Maudsley Hospital, notably in the area of paraphrenia. He was subsequently appointed senior lecturer at St Charles Hospital.  A popular, committed, caring old age psychiatrist with a good sense of humour, he contributed much to psychiatric training.  He died suddenly at the age of 44, leaving a young family. The Mohsen Naguib Prize will be awarded for the best short scientific paper presented by a trainee.

 

Prize:  £250

 

Frequency:  Annually

 

Eligible:  SHOs, SpRs, specialty trainees ST 1 - 6 or new consultants in the UK and the Republic of Ireland presenting work undertaken during the training period are eligible, as are comparable colleagues in Europe. Presentations specifically invited by the Faculty are NOT eligible.

 

Where presented:  Faculty residential meeting, usually held in March each year

 

Regulations:

 

I.     Notice of this prize will be included in the Call for Papers for the annual Faculty residential meeting. Candidates will be invited to submit an abstract. At this point they should indicate that they wish to be considered for the prize.

 

II.    Papers will be considered by a committee appointed by the Faculty Executive. Shortlisted candidates will be notified at least two weeks prior to the meeting and asked to provide a summary of at least 700 words (with references) of their work. The applicant should make it clear what actual contribution s/he made to the research s/he is presenting.

 

III.   The Faculty Executive will appoint a panel to judge a presentation of no more than 20 minutes. The winner will be announced at the meeting’s final plenary session.

 

IV.   The winning entry might be published in the Faculty newsletter and the website, if editors and referees agree that it is of a sufficient standard.

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Closing date: December/January before conference, same date as Call for Papers deadline.

Submissions to: CALC  Tel: mailto:calc@rcpsych.ac.uk

 


 

The Philip Davis Prize

The Philip Davis Prize was established in 1991 and derives from the estate of the late Dr Philip R H Davis, a Member of the College for over 40 years and, at the time of his death, consultant psychiatrist in the Reading Hospitals Group.  This prize is awarded for an essay of between 4,000 and 6,000 words on a broadly based clinical topic relating to the care of the elderly mentally ill. 

 

Prize:  £300

 

Frequency:  Annually

 

Eligible:  SHOs/specialty trainees STs 1 - 3 or Members of the College below the rank of consultant psychiatrist or the equivalent at the time the essay is submitted.

 

Where presented:  Faculty residential meeting, usually held in March each year

 

Regulations:

 

I.     Each application – by email - should be accompanied by concise curriculum vitae and, in line with Dr Davis’ wishes, the examiners will give attention to the literacy of the submissions. 

 

II.    All entrants must submit a summary of at least 700 words (with references) of their essays for attributed publication in the Faculty newsletter and website, if editors and referees agree that they are of a sufficient standard.

 

III.   Recipients of the prize may be invited to present a report at the Faculty residential meeting.

 

IV.   The examiners for the prize will be appointed by the Faculty Executive.  No prize will be awarded if a sufficient standard is not reached.

 

Closing date: 1 November each year

Submissions to: Chair, Faculty of the Psychiatry of Old Age, The Royal College of Psychiatrists c/o Kitti Kottasz

College contact:  Committee Manager Tel: 020 3701 2587

 


 

Poster Presentation Prize for Foundation Doctors, SHOs, SpRs, SpecialtyTrainees STS 1 – 3, CT4 - 6 and New Consultants

The Faculty of the Psychiatry of Old Age has established a prize for the best poster presentation prepared by a foundation doctor, an SHO, SpR, specialty trainee ST 1 – 3, CT4 - 6 or a new consultant. 

 

Prize:  £150

 

Frequency:  Annually

 

Eligible:  Foundation doctors, SHOs, SpRs, specialty trainees STs 1 – 3, CT4 - 6 and new consultants presenting work undertaken during the training period, as well as comparable European colleagues.  Presentations specifically invited by the Faculty and work funded by the Faculty will NOT be eligible.

 

Where presented:  Faculty residential meeting, usually held in March each year

 

Regulations:

I.             Applications are invited at least three months before the meeting via Faculty mailings and the prize will also be advertised in the Faculty newsletter.

 

II.           The Faculty Executive will appoint a panel of three judges who will adjudicate during the Faculty’s residential meeting.

 

III.         The winner would be expected to provide the full text of their poster for publication on the College website.

 

Closing date: At least three months prior to the Faculty annual residential meeting

Submissions to:  CALC Tel: 3701 2618

 


 

Medical Student Essay Prize In Old Age Psychiatry

 

The Faculty of the Psychiatry of Old Age has established this prize in order to raise the profile of old age psychiatry and to encourage medical students to pursue further study and professional training in this area.

 

Prize:  £250

 

Frequency:  Annually

 

Eligible:   All medical students in the UK and Ireland. To be eligible, the applicant has to be a medical student on the day that they are entering the essay and this can be before the deadline. No joint entries are permissible.

 

Where Presented:  Faculty residential meeting (usually in March)

 

Regulations:

 

I.    Eligible students are invited to submit an original essay of up to 5000 words on any aspect of old age psychiatry. The essay should be illustrated by a clinical example from medical or psychiatric practice relevant to old age psychiatry (e.g. general practice, medicine for the elderly, orthopaedic surgery etc) and should discuss how the student’s training and awareness has been influenced as a result.  The essay should demonstrate an understanding of the mental health issues pertinent to the clinical problem and should include a discussion of the effects and consequences of the condition for the individual, their family and the wider healthcare system.

 

II.    The essay should be supported by a review of relevant literature and should be the candidate’s own work.

 

III.    Submissions should be submitted by email.  The essays will be judged by a panel of three Faculty Executive members.  Criteria for judging merit will include: clarity of expression, understanding of the literature and evidence and cogency of argument.  The Faculty reserves the right not to award the prize if no entry reaching the agreed minimum standard is received.

 

IV.    The prize will be advertised in the Student BMJ and circulated annually to the deans of medical schools.

 

V.    The Faculty will provide a subsidised place for the prizewinner at the Faculty residential meeting and a mentor to help the student gain maximum benefit from attending the conference.  The prizewinner will be required to provide an edited version of their essay for possible publication in the Old Age Psychiatrist.

 

Closing date: 31 December each year

Submissions to: Vice-Chair, Faculty of the Psychiatry of Old Age by email to the address below:

College contact: Committee Manager Tel: 020 3701 2587

 

 

Bursaries

 

Educational Bursary for Psychiatrists

 

The Faculty awards bursaries annually to enable all junior psychiatric trainees (Psychiatry F1-F2, CT1-3, ST4-6), Affiliates and Specialty doctors in the field of old age psychiatry who intend to present a poster or short presentation of their research, to attend the Faculty annual residential meeting, usually held in March each year. Up to twenty bursaries may be awarded, up to a value of £150.00 each, up to an annual total of £3,000.00. In the case of F1 and F2 trainees, they have to show evidence that this research was done when they were trainees in old age psychiatry.

The bursaries will be advertised in announcements about Faculty meetings, meeting registration forms and in the Faculty newsletter.  Applications will be judged competitively on the quality of the abstract of the paper/poster

 

Regulations:

 

I.     Applicants should submit to the Academic Secretary – by email – a covering letter (giving details of why financial support is required and other sources of funding that have been explored), along with their abstract.

 

II.   All expense claim forms, together with all original receipts and tickets, must be submitted to the Faculty Finance Officer within four weeks of the conference.  Applications for reimbursement received after that time will not be accepted.

 

Closing date:  7 December 2014 this year (at same time as abstract deadline for residential conference in March)

 

Submissions to: Academic Secretary/Finance Officer, Faculty of the Psychiatry of Old Age, The Royal College of Psychiatrists,  c/o Kitti Kottasz

 

College contact:  Committee Manager Tel: 020 3701 2587

 

 

Bursary for Psychiatrists From Developing Countries

 

Introduction:

The Faculty of the Psychiatry of Old Age has established an annual bursary to enable a psychiatrist from a developing country to attend the Faculty Annual Residential Meeting (usually held in March) in order to give an oral or poster presentation, or deliver a workshop.

 

The bursary is intended to cover the cost of economy class travel, accommodation, 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.

 

Regulations:

I.    Psychiatrists from developing countries who intend to present at the Faculty annual residential meeting and wish to apply for the bursary should submit:

 

  1. Their abstract.
  2. A brief CV.
  3. A letter stating what financial help is required. The letter should include details of any other sources of funding that have been approached. Candidates should also state how they believe their attendance at the meeting will benefit their service and practice. 
  4. A 500-word essay on mental health and older people in the candidate’s own country.

 

A decision-making panel of Faculty Executive members will make the award against an agreed set of criteria.

 

II. A cheque up to a maximum of £1,500 will be provided 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, but in all cases supporting documentation for the expenditure will be required.

 

III. The successful candidate will be required to submit an article giving their feedback on the residential meeting experience and their plans for disseminating their learning in their home country. If appropriate, the article (or extracts thereof) will be published in the Old Age Psychiatrist.

 

IV. The Faculty reserves the right not to award the bursary if applications received are not of a sufficient standard.

 

Closing date: 31 October each year

Submissions to:  Faculty Academic Secretary by email to the address below:

College contact:  Committee Manager Tel: 020 3701 2587


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