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.

How often


Who can enter

All psychiatrists in training grades and consultants in their first year of practice.

Where presented

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.

Closing date

Check conference documentation each year.


Please email our conference office.


Oral presentation:

Winner - Dr Giorgianna Passerello for Using Twitter to assess attitudes to schizophrenia and psychosis

Poster presentation:

Winner– Ms Ella Tumelty for Alpha & Beta Oscillatory Activity and its association with Working Memory performance in Schizophrenia


Oral presentation:

Winner – James Bailey for Acute alcohol and drug use in violent suicidal acts: A five year post-mortem study

Poster presentation:

Winner –  Laurence Astill Wright for Understanding public opinion to the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing in Scotland: a qualitative study using Twitter





£250 plus two days’ free registration at our conference, one night at conference hotel, and standard advance travel within the UK (receipts required).

Two runners-up

(Awarded at judges’ discretion): two days’ free registration, one night at conference hotel, and standard advance travel. 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.

Where presented

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. Should a minimum standard not be achieved, prizes may not be awarded
  • The winning essay will be published on our website.

Essay title

The essay title for 2020 is “Without Social Psychiatry, there is no Psychiatry. Discuss.”

Closing date

Saturday 29 February 2020.


Please email your essay, and a 250 word summary.

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.  Projects may relate to quality improvement, service innovation, education and training, improving mental health literacy, public engagement, recruitment etc.

During 2019, we are again awarding up to £2,000 per project up to a maximum of 12 projects in total. These will include two to three projects that clearly relate to promoting the recruitment, retention and development of the psychiatric workforce.

Key criteria

All entries will be scored by our Executive under the following headings:

  • Method(s) and timescale(s) for the project
  • Description of the proposed timescale and method for reporting the project outcomes to us
  • Description of the ways in which the project aligns with the work, aims and objectives our Faculty
  • Description of the ways in which the project will develop in the future and how any learning will be disseminated.


Please complete an application form and email it by the closing date.

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.

Closing date

The closing date for 2019 applications has now passed.


Project title

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
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