Prizes and bursaries
Three shortlisted applicants will be given free registration at our Faculty conference for the day on which they make their presentation.
In addition, the winner will receive £250.
Who can enter
All psychiatrists in training grades and consultants in their first year of practice.
Faculty/CTC Residential Meeting (usually held in October)
- The prize is awarded on the basis of originality and relevance to general and community psychiatry of submissions for poster presentations and a short oral presentation to the judging panel
- Applications will be invited at least three months before the annual residential meeting via a faculty mailing; the prize will also be advertised in the Faculty newsletter
- The top three shortlisted applicants will be asked to make an oral presentation to the Faculty Residential meeting, and will be advised approximately two weeks before the meeting. The prizewinner will be expected to provide a summary article for the Faculty newsletter and the full text of the poster presentation for inclusion on the Faculty web page
- The judging panel will consist of the Faculty Academic Secretary and two other elected members of the Faculty Executive.
Check conference documentation each year.
Please email our conference office.
Winner – Dr Nicole Needham for The acceptability and feasibility of sexual health screening in psychiatry inpatients
Winner – Dr Will Marsh for Understanding and improving psychiatric trainee experience and confidence with regards giving evidence to Mental Health Tribunals: a quality improvement project
Joint Winners – Dr Gabriela Di Scenza for Analysis of penetrating neck injuries at a South London Trauma Centre before and after the first national lockdown
Dr Tobias Rowland for Implementation of a MOSAIC (Multidisciplinary One Stop Assessment and Intervention Clinic) within a Home Treatment Team
Winner – Dr Pranav Mahajan for Food for thought: highlighting the importance of weight and nutrition in patients under the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service in Sheffield
Winner – Dr George Gillett for Identifying digital communication markers of depression in borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder and healthy control populations
Winner – Dr Giorgianna Passerello for Using Twitter to assess attitudes to schizophrenia and psychosis
Winner – Ms Ella Tumelty for Alpha & Beta Oscillatory Activity and its association with Working Memory performance in Schizophrenia
£250 plus two days’ free registration at our conference plus one night's accommodation, and standard advance travel within the UK if the conference is face to face (receipts required).
(Awarded at judges’ discretion): two days’ free registration, plus one night's accommodation, and standard advance travel if the conference is face to face.
The conference prize package is for the year in which the prize is awarded and cannot be carried over.
Who can enter
All clinical medical students in the United Kingdom.
Our Faculty residential meeting.
- The format of the prize will be an essay of up to 3,000 words (excluding references) on a subject set by the Faculty each year.
- Please use double-spacing and font at 12 pt
- Marking will be based on content, presentation and scientific merit. Criteria for judging will include clarity of expression, understanding of the literature and evidence, cogency of argument and overall ability to convey enthusiasm and originality within a set word limit
- Entries will be shortlisted and judged by a panel appointed by our Executive Committee. Should a minimum standard not be achieved, prizes may not be awarded
- The winning essay will be published on our website.
The essay title for 2023 is 'Neurodiversity in doctors and its impact on their profession'.
11.59pm on Sunday 26 February 2023
Please email your essay, and a 250-word summary.
Winner – James Nicolson for Psychiatrist: brain, mind or soul doctor?
Winner – Muhammad Shaikh for Without Social Psychiatry, there is no Psychiatry
Winner – Praveen Somarathne for Courage is a key quality for a general adult psychiatrist
Winner – Joshua Breedon for Is diagnosis dead? Discuss
Since 2013 a small number of projects have been granted up to £2,000 annually by the Faculty to recognise and promote the work of its members.
The projects that the Faculty funds will be aligned with one of the following priority areas:
- capacity and demand in community teams
- hidden waiting lists in community teams
- health disparities and inequalities e.g. for Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups
- social psychiatry – prevention, relational practice and resilience
- COVID-19 and its impact on general adult patients
All entries will be scored under the following headings:
- method(s) and timescale(s) for the project
- description of the ways in which the project aligns with the Faculty’s priorities
- description of the project outcomes reporting
- description of the ways in which the project will develop in the future and how any learning will be disseminated
Submissions will be by application form
Successful applicants may be invited to present a poster at our annual conference or submit an article for our newsletter.
You will also be required to submit a 1,000 word report within six months of the end date of the project.
If you require any additional information, please email us.
Sunday 18 April 2021
|Akanuma||The art of nonverbal communication skills for mental health practitioners|
|Bennett||Qualitative study: Have Foundation doctors found that their rotation in psychiatry has affected their development as doctors? In what way?|
|Dale & Finamore||Patterns and Costs of Health and Social Care Service Use by People with Severe Personality Disorders in Core Adult Mental Health Services|
|Evans et al||A different perspective: using interactive virtual reality for Psychiatry training|
|Fitch et al||“JudgeMental”; Mental Health Teaching in Secondary Schools delivered by Psychiatrists|
|Hughes et al||Liverpool Psychiatry Summer School 2019|
|Kar & Barreto||Metabolic syndrome in patients treated with antipsychotics: Exploring associated modifiable risk factors|
|Khan & Sami||Bridging the divide – screening for cognitive and psychiatric deficits in the neuroinflammatory disorders|
|Singh & Lovejoy||Supporting the recovery of individuals under psychiatric care via public musical performance and curation of an arts-in-mental-health community|
|Townsend et al||Assessing consistency and temporal evolution of psychopathological features in NMDA receptor-antibody encephalitis|
|Wisdom & Smith||The Breakfast Club|
2017 & 2018
|Abid||Integrating web-based technology to improve psychotherapy outcomes – a pilot study|
|Brown||Relationship between reported childhood adversity and current glucocorticoid function in young people|
|Chopra and Lawton||Improving the experience of patients and carers attending mental health tribunals in Scotland|
|Christodoulou and Au-Yong||The effect of targeted education on the attitudes of hospital-based doctors towards psychiatry|
|Cooper and Aguirre||Evaluating the effect of brain food groups on people with mild cognitive impairment and mild dementia: a preliminary mixed methodology study|
|Crimlisk et al||Flourishing through your psychiatry undergraduate experiences|
|Croxford and Livingstone||Open Dialogue: Design, implementation, and evaluation of an introductory pilot team training in the Haringey Psychosis Service, October 2016 - October 2017|
|Cunliffe et al||Connected worlds: a video project introducing undergraduate students to creative therapeutic approaches and patient narratives on mental health|
|Dave et al||Qualitative study to explore the organisational practices associated with high rates of Clozapine prescribing in treatment-resistant schizophrenia in England|
|Dave, Bridgwood and Walker||Identifying Indicators of a successful smoking cessation programme in community mental health services|
|Jebreel||Development and evaluation of a recently established Balint Group for foundation trainees in an acute hospital setting: Impact on career choice|
|Lakin et al||The Mind Project (provisional title); producing fivc short documentaries looking at the physiology and effects on quality of life of five different mental health conditions and assessing viewer feedback.|
|Lister et al||Improving training for core trainees in completing Suicide Risk Assessment and Management (SRAM)|
|Manley||How and why are student perceptions of psychiatry influenced by the psychiatry placement at medical school? A qualitative study.|
|Mariner et al||Peer Mentoring Service: Measuring the impact of peer mentorship on trainee experience and satisfaction.|
|Nirodi et al||Introduction of ‘bite-sized’ reciprocal health teaching on a mixed hospital site|
|Patel||PsychEd: Student to psychiatrist in 60 minutes.|
|Perry||Dysglycaemia, inflammation and psychosis: Examining the interplay using a large UK birth cohort|
|Phillipson and Talukdar||Development of a polygene score predictive of weight gain in first episode psychosis.|
|Rajkumar et al||Leadership styles used by mental health and acute hospital trusts consultants in East Midlands|
|Rigby et al||Psychiatry ‘Boot Camp’ for doctors new to the NHS, new to psychiatry or those returning to practice.|
|Ryland et al||Collaborative UK and European psychotherapy training project|
|Singhateh||Pilot workshop series: The use of applied drama techniques to improve communication and consultation skills|
|Smith and Mynors-Wallis||Improving quality of care for people living with bipolar disorder in Poole|
|Stokes et al||Developing consensus criteria and treatment suggestions for multi therapy resistant bipolar depression (MTR-BD)|
|Tandon and Worwood||Multi-disciplinary team communication skills using simulated-learning|
Oliver Middlemiss suffered from a crippling and disabling form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He was bright, able and many of the people who worked with him and knew him well were deeply surprised when he took his own life in July 2019. Only those closest to him knew of his suffering. Oliver was committed to his recovery and to making a difference to other OCD sufferers, especially those who had lost hope. To this end and in his name, the family and friends of the late Oliver Middlemiss have introduced a prize to encourage interest and to raise awareness of OCD amongst clinicians and researchers by rewarding a piece of work on OCD.
The winner will receive £350 and may have the opportunity to present their work at one of the seminars run by the Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders (OCARD) Network.
Annually. The outcome will be announced in December each year.
Who can enter
Anyone submitting a poster relating to OCD to the General Adult Faculty Annual Conference or the RCPsych International Congress whose work is accepted for presentation.
The scope of the prize would include all clinical or research posters on the topic of OCD.
The work could draw from multiple data sources, including medical research, anecdotal evidence and media representations.
A shortlist of 3-5 posters will be made for the final award.
The work will be judged by a prize panel comprising of 1-2 members of the OCARD Network; an OCD researcher; a close relative of Oliver Middlemiss and an OCD patient.
Finalists will be asked to allow their research to be referenced on a website.
Closing date and submissions
Check annual faculty conference and International Congress documentation each year.