Prizes and bursaries

Bursaries to attend the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine and the US Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Conferences 2020

The European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine (EAPM) aims to promote an integrated psychosomatic/biopsychosocial approach to health and disease.  The US Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (ACLP) promotes a global agenda of excellence in clinical care for patients with comorbid psychiatric and general medical conditions.

Every year, the two organisations hold their own conferences, bringing together experts in liaison psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine to share knowledge and to network, and thus advance the field.

The Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry of the Royal College of Psychiatrists is offering bursaries to support the attendance of five future leaders in liaison psychiatry at either the 2020 EAPM conference or ACLP conference.   Of note, the ACLP conference will be the first for the organisation’s new President, Professor Michael Sharpe from Oxford.

The EAPM conference will be held in Vienna in June.

The ACLP conference will be held in Phoenix, Arizona in November.  

Background information

Liaison Psychiatry services in the UK are expanding. We need to develop our workforce to meet this need. This includes developing talented leaders for the future. We are working with relevant organisations in the United States and Europe to strengthen our professional base, learn about innovative practice in other countries and attract talent to the United Kingdom.

We want to find the Liaison Psychiatry leaders for the future; the great thinkers, great communicators, and clinicians, those who are able to commit and inspire. Those who effortlessly go the extra mile. Those that others will look to.


Successful applicants will be offered up to £1000 to cover registration, standard class travel, subsistence and associated costs of attending the meeting and contributing to the programme.  The bursary winners can choose whether they attend the EAPM or ACLP conference.

Who can apply

Applications from psychiatrists

Applicants must:

  • Be registered with the General Medical Council.
  • Hold one of the categories of membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
  • Must either be actively engaged in providing a liaison mental health service in the UK OR be on an approved UK higher training scheme which includes sub-specialty training in Liaison Psychiatry and must have completed the Liaison component by the date of the conference.

Applications from nurses

Applicants must:

  • Be registered nurses on the Nursing & Midwifery Council register.
  • Must be actively engaged in providing a liaison mental health service in the UK.

Applications from psychologists

Applicants must:

  • Hold a Professional/Practitioners doctorate and be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council.
  • Be actively engaged in providing a liaison mental health service in the UK.

How to apply

Applicants should submit the following documents by email before the closing date:

  • a personal statement of not more than 600 words outlining professional achievements, reasons for wanting to attend the meeting, the ways in which attendance would specifically benefit training, development or practice and how learning might be disseminated to others;
  • a full curriculum vitae;
  • two professional references/letters of support. These can be from a supervisor, educational supervisor, RCPsych Liaison Faculty member or recognised leader in the specialty;
  • relevant written confirmations of registration and employment status.
  • The applicant should indicate which conference they wish to attend (EAPM or ACLP).


  • Applicants must work in the UK.
  • The winners will be selected by a panel nominated by the Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry.
  • The panel will be looking for those with an active commitment to the specialty. Applicants should provide evidence of involvement in the progression of the specialty locally or nationally, including in research, leadership and service development.
  • Winners will be expected to make a submission to the conference call for presentations or posters.
  • The Faculty reserves the right not to award a bursary if no suitable application is received.
  • The bursary is for the year in question and cannot be deferred.
  • The bursary must be claimed after the event by submission of an online expense claim supported by receipts and copies of tickets. Standard class travel and hotel accommodation of up to £100 per night will be funded.

Submissions and College contact:

Stephanie Whitehead, Committee Manager,

Closing date:

31 January 2020

Our poster prize will be advertised with our residential meeting call for papers each year.
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