Prizes and bursaries

The Felix Post Prize was established in 2004 to commemorate the contribution of Dr Post to Old Age psychiatry.

The late Dr Post remains a seminal figure of old age psychiatry. His work on the treatment and outcome of affective and paranoid disorders in older patients stands in the form of important classic papers.

This prize will allow established consultants and non-consultant grade career psychiatrists in non-academic units to reflect on their current work and describe in an essay an innovative task undertaken by the multi-disciplinary team which may contribute to the management of older patients suffering from functional illness.

Our Executive decided on the additional criteria of entrants from non-academic units to promote research-oriented thinking among hard-pressed clinical teams.

Prize

£500

How often

Once a year.

Who can enter

You must be in a consultant post or be a non-consultant grade career psychiatrist, working in non-academic units Faculty residential meeting, usually held in March each year.

Rules

  • The entry must be in the form of an essay based on current work and describing an innovative task undertaken by a multi-disciplinary team, which may contribute to the management of older patients suffering from functional illness.
  • The essay should be approximately 4,000 to 6,000 words excluding references and tables, and should be submitted by email.
  • Entries will be assessed by the our Chair, Academic Secretary and a member of the Executive.
  • Should the judges feel that the standard has not been adequately met, the prize might not be awarded.

How to enter

Please email your essay to oldage@rcpsych.ac.uk by 1 November.

This award is to honour the career of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of older people’s mental health. This might include contributions in clinical practice, service development, innovation, research, education and training or management.

The recipient will have achieved national or international acclaim for their work in the duration of and frequently beyond, their main employment.

Prize

Framed certificate, signed by our Chair

How often

Once a year

Who can enter

This award is nominations-based.

Rules

  • Nominations will be received from any  Member and will be sought by notification given in our newsletter at least two months in advance of the adjudication.
  • All valid nominations will be considered at the meeting of our Executive and regional representatives immediately preceding our annual residential meeting and the recipient determined by those present at that meeting.  Nominations received after this meeting will be carried over to the following year. We will record names of all nominees.
  • Each member of our Executive including co-opted members and regional representatives will have a single vote. A vote will be taken on the day of the relevant Executive meeting. Those unable to attend will be able to vote by email contact prior to the meeting. Votes received after the meeting will not be counted. The recipient of the award will be decided by a first past the post system. In the event of a tie, the final decision will rest with the our officers (Chair, Vice Chair and Finance Officer).
  • Our Executive reserves the right not to make an award if it considers there are no candidates of sufficient merit.
  • The Chair will invite the recipient of the award, in writing, to our annual residential meeting when the award will be announced and presented by the Chair at the conference dinner. 
  • We will meet the costs of conference registration, dinner and accommodation for the recipient and one accompanying guest.

How to enter

Please email your nomination to oldage@rcpsych.ac.uk with a supporting statement at least a month before the last executive meeting in the calendar year, usually held in the third week of November.

Award holders

  •  2019: Professor Rob Howard
  • 2018: not awarded
  • 2017: Professor John O'Brien
  • 2016: Baroness Elaine Murphy
  • 2015: Dr Dave Anderson
  • 2014: Professor Alistair Burns
  • 2013: Professor Brice Pitt
  • 2012: Professor Tom Arie
  • 2011: Professor Susan Benbow
  • 2010: Professor Mary Marshall
  • 2009: not awarded
  • 2008: Professor Ian McKeith
  • 2007: Mr Harry Cayton
  • 2006: Professor David Jolley
  • 2005: Dr Nori Graham.

This prize was originally established memory of the late Dr Mohsen Naguib. A Coptic Christian, Dr Naguib originated from Egypt and worked at the Maudsley Hospital, notably in the area of paraphrenia. He was subsequently appointed senior lecturer at St Charles Hospital.

A popular, committed, caring old age psychiatrist with a good sense of humour, he contributed much to psychiatric training. He died suddenly at the age of 44, leaving a young family.

The prize will be awarded for the best short scientific paper presented by a trainee.

Prize

£250

How often

Once a year

Who can enter

SHOs, SpRs, specialty trainees ST 1-6 or new consultants in the UK presenting work undertaken during the training period are eligible, as are comparable colleagues in Europe.

Rules

  • Notice of this prize will be included in the Call for papers for our annual residential meeting. Candidates will be invited to submit an abstract. At this point they should indicate that they wish to be considered for the prize
  • Papers will be considered by a committee appointed by our Executive
  • Shortlisted candidates will be notified at least two weeks prior to the meeting and asked to provide a summary of at least 700 words (with references) of their work. You should make it clear what actual contribution you've made to the research you are presenting
  • Our Executive will appoint a panel to judge a presentation of no more than 20 minutes. The winner will be announced at the meeting’s final plenary session
  • The winning entry might be published in the our newsletter (link) and on the website, if editors and referees agree that it is of a sufficient standard
  • Presentations specifically invited by the faculty are not eligible.

How to enter

Please email your paper to the CALC team by the same deadline as abstract submissions for the residential conference in March (December/January).

The Philip Davis Prize derives from the estate of the late Dr Philip R H Davis, an esteemed member of the College for over 40 years. This prize is awarded for an original and inspiring essay on a broadly-based clinical topic directly relating to the mental health care of older people.

Prize

£300 

How often

Once a year

Who can enter

Foundation Doctors who are Associate Members of the College, CT 1–3, ST4–6 or members of the College below the rank of consultant psychiatrist or the equivalent at the time the essay is submitted.

Rules

  • Each essay of between 4,000 and 6,000 words should be accompanied by concise CV in line with Dr Davis’s wishes. The examiners will give attention to the literacy of the submissions as well as the standard
  • All entrants must submit a summary of at least 700 words (with references) of their essays for potential attributed publication in our newsletter and website
  • Recipients of the prize may be invited to present a report at our residential meeting
  • The examiners for the prize will be appointed by our Executive. No prize will be awarded, at the discretion of the examiners if a sufficient standard is not reached
  • The prize is awarded at the our residential meeting, usually held in March each year.

How to enter

Please email your essay to oldage@rcpsych.ac.uk by 1 November.

Prize

£150

How often

Once a year

Who can enter

Foundation doctors, SHOs, SpRs, specialty trainees STs 1–3, CT4–6 and new consultants presenting work undertaken during the training period, as well as comparable European colleagues.

Presentations specifically invited by the faculty and work funded by the faculty will not be eligible.

Rules

  • Applications are invited at least three months before our resident meeting via our mailings. The prize will also be advertised in our newsletter.
  • Our Executive will appoint a panel of three judges who will adjudicate during the residential meeting.
  • The winner will be expected to provide the full text of their poster for publication on our website.
  • You will present the poster at our residential meeting, usually held in March each year.

How to enter

  • Instructions will be available on the events page nearer the time.

Deadline

Usually mid December.

We have established this prize in order to raise the profile of old age psychiatry and to encourage medical students to pursue further study and professional training in this area.

Prize

£250

How often

Once a year

Who can enter

All medical students in the UK. To be eligible, you have to be a medical student on the day that they are entering the essay and this can be before the deadline. No joint entries are permissible.

Rules

  • Eligible students are invited to submit an original essay of up to 5,000 words on any aspect of old age psychiatry. Your essay should be illustrated by a clinical example from medical or psychiatric practice relevant to old age psychiatry (e.g. general practice, medicine for the elderly, orthopaedic surgery etc.) and should discuss how your training and awareness has been influenced as a result. The essay should demonstrate an understanding of the mental health issues pertinent to the clinical problem and should include a discussion of the effects and consequences of the condition for the individual, their family and the wider healthcare system
  • The essay should be supported by a review of relevant literature and should be  your own work
  • The essays will be judged by a panel of three Executive members. Criteria for judging merit will include: clarity of expression, understanding of the literature and evidence and cogency of argument
  • We reserve the right not to award the prize if no entry reaching the agreed minimum standard is received
  • The prize will be advertised annually to medical schools
  • We will provide a subsidised place for the winner at our residential meeting, and a mentor to help the student gain maximum benefit from attending the conference. The winner will be required to provide an edited version of their essay for possible publication in our newsletter, the Old Age Psychiatrist.
  • The prize will be presented at our residential meeting (usually in March).

How to enter

Email your submission by 31 December to oldage@rcpsych.ac.uk

Prize

Up to twenty bursaries may be awarded, up to a value of £150 each and up to an annual total of £3,000.

How often

Once a year.

Who can enter

We award bursaries annually to enable all junior psychiatric trainees (Psychiatry F1-F2, CT1-3, ST4-6), affiliates and specialty doctors and medical students in the field of old age psychiatry who intend to present a poster or short presentation of their research, to attend our annual residential meeting, usually held in March each year.

Rules

  • Submit your abstract and a covering letter (giving details of why financial support is required and other sources of funding that have been explored)

  • Submit all expense claim forms, together with all original receipts and tickets to the Finance Officer within four weeks of the conference. Applications for reimbursement received after that time will not be accepted

  • In the case of F1 and F2 trainees and medical students, you have to show evidence that this research was done when you were trainees/working in old age psychiatry

  • The bursaries will be advertised in announcements about our meetings, meeting registration forms and in our newsletter. Applications will be judged competitively on the quality of the abstract of the paper/poster.

How to enter

Please email your abstract by the same deadline as abstract submissions for the residential conference in March to oldage@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Prize

A bursary to enable a psychiatrist from a developing country to attend our annual residential meeting (usually held in March) to give an oral or poster presentation, or deliver a workshop. The bursary is designed to cover the cost of economy class travel, accommodation, free registration and attendance at our conference dinner, up to a maximum of £1,500.

How often

Once a year.

Who can enter

A psychiatrist from a developing country (World Bank Band C and Band D: see our membership pages for the full list)

Rules

  • Submit your abstract, a brief CV and a letter stating what financial help you require. The letter should include details of any other sources of funding that have been approached. You should also state how you believe your attendance at the meeting will benefit your service and practice.
  • Submit a 500-word essay on mental health and older people in the your own country
  •  A decision-making panel of our Executive will make the award against an agreed set of criteria
  • We will provide a cheque up to a maximum of £1,500 to the successful candidate on presentation of original tickets and receipts for all related expenditure. If an advance against the bursary is required for travel etc., alternative arrangements may be negotiated with our Finance Officer. In all cases supporting documentation for the expenditure will be required
  • The successful candidate will be required to submit an article giving their feedback on the residential meeting experience and their plans for disseminating their learning in their home country. If appropriate, the article (or extracts thereof) will be published in our newsletter
  • Informal mentors will be identified for the bursary-holder to enhance their introduction to Faculty members and their enjoyment of the meeting
  • We reserve the right not to award the bursary if applications received are not of a sufficient standard.

How to enter

Please email your abstract by 31 October to oldage@rcpsych.ac.uk.

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