Prizes and bursaries

Background information

We are offering bursaries to support the attendance of five future leaders in liaison psychiatry at the 2019 US Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (ACLP) Conference to be held in November 2019 in San Diego, California.

Liaison mental health services are undergoing a planned expansion supported by the governments of the United Kingdom. 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 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. Members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry also receive a 50% reduction in conference fees if they attend this meeting.

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.


Applicants should submit the following documents by email:

  • 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.
  • 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 expense claim form 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:

Thursday 31 January 2019

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