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The Thomas Freeman Psychotherapy Prize 2019

RCPsych NI,  in collaboration with the Northern Ireland Association for the Study of Psychoanalysis, is pleased to announce that we are accepting entries for the 2019 Dr Thomas Freeman Award. Dr Freeman was a Founding Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and an Honorary Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Throughout his career he wrote prodigiously of his vast clinical experience, producing hundreds of articles and many books, the last of which was completed days before his death in 2002.  

There are two Categories in the competition:

  1. For ST 4-6 Trainees
  2. For CT 1-3 Trainees

Prizes: The award in each of the categories will be £150, together with a commemorative medal.

Eligiblity:  Trainees working in psychiatry in Northern Ireland and also anyone who is within two years of taking up a career grade post in Northern Ireland and who commenced a long case or article for publication as a trainee.



a) The award is for a long case or paper prepared with a view to publication, relevant to psychotherapy, whether psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive, behavioural, integrative therapies or other, as practiced in the field of psychiatry; 

b) The long case or paper should be approximately 2500 to 3500 words in length;

c) Entries will be judged by three consultant psychiatrists from Northern Ireland who are specialist in or who have a special interest in psychotherapy; and 

d) The Psychotherapy Faculty reserves the right not to award the prize if the entries are not adjudged to be of sufficiently high standard.

Applicants will be assigned a mentor to assist with their final submission. 

Preliminary proposals should be submitted by Thursday 1 August with final entries by Monday 16 September. The winners will be announced at the College’s Annual Prize Day on 2 October.

Submissions to:

The Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty

c/o Barry Flynn, RCPsych NI

028 9027 8793


Research, Audit and Quality Improvement Day

The annual Trainees' Research, Audit and Quality Improvement Day will take place in Clifton House on Wednesday 2 October from 10:00 to 15:30.

Preliminary proposals for awards should be submitted not later than Thursday 1 August, with final entries to be with the College by Monday 16 September 2019.

Full details on the event can be found by clicking here.

The delegate rate for the day is £25 and you can book by going to the College's Website.

If you require further information, please contact barry.flynn@rcpsych.ac.uk or call 02890 278793

'Criminal Mental Health Law - Part III and the Psychiatric Defences' Masterclass by Dr Adrian East - 25 September 2019 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

This Masterclass is intended to discuss the State of the Nation with regards to criminal mental health law from a psychiatric perspective.

Part III of the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 contains legal provisions for patients concerned in criminal proceedings or under sentence.  In addition to this, there are a number of psychiatric defences available to mentally disordered offenders who appear before the Courts.

The focus of this Masterclass will be recent case developments in this area within Northern Ireland.

The Masterclass will be of interest to all psychiatrists practising within Northern Ireland whose patients come into contact with the Criminal Justice System.

Dr Adrian East is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and the Regional Advisor in Forensic Psychiatry for the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Northern Ireland.

To secure your place, please go to the College's online bookings page. 

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