Prizes and bursaries

Prize

£150 and free registration to our scientific meeting (usually taking place in London in November), including re-imbursement of travel expenses to attend (subject to submission of receipts).

The prize package is for the year in which the prize is awarded and cannot be carried over.

Frequency

Annually

Who can enter

Medical students in their 4th or 5th year and FY1 doctors

Where presented

Our annual conference, 12 November 2019

Rules

  1. Please email us an essay of up to 3,000 words. Criteria for judging will include your clarity of expression, understanding of the literature and evidence, cogency of argument and overall ability to convey enthusiasm and originality.
  2. The 2019 title is: OCD in the perinatal period: detection and assessment - what are the risks of missed diagnosis?
  3. Entries will be shortlisted and judged by a panel appointed by our executive. Should a minimum standard not be achieved, the prizes may not be awarded.
  4. The prizewinning essay will be published on our website.

Closing date

6 September 2019

Contact

perinatal@rcpsych.ac.uk

Medical student essay prize winners

2018

 Essay title:  How would you approach developing a management plan for a pregnant woman who has a history of postpartum psychosis?

Joint winners:

Sharvari Khapre

Emily Singer 

2017

Dean Connolly–Do you believe that the implications for the continuation of sodium valproate as a mood stabiliser in pregnancy are always worse than the risk of relapse of illness?

2016

Jacob King–Discuss how physical comorbidities may affect the outcome of pregnancies in women with severe mental illness

2015

David Rook–Consider the relationship between obsessive-compulsive disorder and childbearing and how the condition might affect early parenting

2014

Maria Lobo–Consider the potential emotional and psychological consequences of female genital mutilation

2013

Alexandra Nowbar–What challenges do clinicians face when prescribing psychotropic medication in pregnancy?

2011

Rajan Nimalanathan–Should we routinely screen for perinatal depression?

Prize

£150 and  free registration at our annual scientific meeting including reimbursement of travel expenses

How often

Annually

Who can enter

Medical students in their 4th or 5th year and FY1 doctors

Where presented

At our annual meeting on 12 November 2019.

Rules

  • Eligible students/doctors are invited to email us a piece of original research, service evaluation or audit of up to 3,000 words. (Essays are not eligible, but may be submitted to our essay prize)
  • The marking criteria will be as follows:
    • Importance of the project to perinatal mental health
    • Adequacy of design and method
    • Quality of analysis
    • Quality of the discussion and comments and whether they reflect the findings
    • Clarity and quality of presentation.
  • You will have made a major contribution to the project. This may be in the form of a standalone project or a defined part of an ongoing project by a supervisor. Your entry should be accompanied by a letter from your supervisor describing to what stages (design, development of methodology, data collection, data analysis and interpretation of data) you made contributions and to what extent. An entry will not be accepted without this information
  • The prize will be judged by our Chair, Academic Secretary and one other member of our executive. We will rank entries based on the above criteria, and entry with the highest mean rank will be the winner
  • The winning project will be published on our website, and submission of work for the prize will be taken as indicating consent to this. Work may only be submitted if the candidate has obtained consent from any co-authors/copyright holders.

Closing date

6 September 2019

Contact

perinatal@rcpsych.ac.uk

Medical student project prize winners

2018

Joint winners:

Hannah Gordon: Self-harm during pregnancy and mother-infant interactions: a prospective cohort study

Sharvari Khapre: Are symptoms of serious mental illness in the 2 years before pregnancy a good predictor for relapse in the prenatal period? 

2017

Grace Crowley: Characteristics and comorbid mental disorders of women with dysfunctional personality traits in early pregnancy: a secondary data analysis

2016

Tak Wai Chan: Prescription of Mood Stabilizer in Women of Childbearing Age: An Audit of Clinical Practice

2015

Meeriam Kadicheeni: Women’s Experiences of Antenatal Depression Screening

2014

Joint winners:

Prize

£250 and free registration to our annual scientific meeting, including reimbursement of travel and expenses.

How often

Annually

Who can enter

FY2 doctors and trainees in psychiatry (CT1/ST1-ST6 or equivalent)

Where presented

At our annual meeting on 13 November 2018.

Regulations

Four posters will be shortlisted for oral presentation at our annual meeting. Shortlisted authors of these posters will be offered free registration to attend the meeting and present their posters.

The prize is awarded to the trainee who makes the best combined oral and poster presentation on the day of the scientific meeting.

A small panel of members of our executive and/or guest speakers will act as judges.

Rules

  • The criteria for judgement will be:
    • Importance of study to perinatal mental health
    • Adequacy of design and method
    • Quality of analysis
    • Quality of the discussion comments and whether they reflect the findings
    • Clarity and quality of presentation.
  • The prize will be advertised with the scientific meeting call for papers and information on the required format details on how to submit them will be available on our annual meeting event page
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the scientific meeting is subject to submission of receipts
  • You will have made a major contribution to the project. This may be in the form of a standalone project or a defined part of an ongoing project by a supervisor. Your entry should be accompanied by a letter from the supervisor describing to what stages (design, development of methodology, data collection, data analysis and interpretation of data) you have made contributions and to what extent. An entry will not be accepted without this information.
  • The winning project will be published on our website, and submission of work for the prize will be taken as indicating consent to this. Work may only be submitted if the candidate has obtained consent from any co-authors/copyright holders.

Closing date

The closing date for 2018 has now passed.

Submission

Please email your entry to our conference office.

Daksha Emson poster prize winners

2017

Dr Kike Olajide–Development of a peer developed psychosocial intervention to reduce the burden of postnatal depression in Nigerian mothers

2016

Dr Catherine Wilson

2015

Dr Chrishanthy Jayarajah and Dr Hannah Driver

2014

Sarah Jones–Prescribing sodium valproate to women of childbearing age

2012

Julie Langan–Review of diagnoses of depression, history of self harm & antidepressant usage in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde resident ‘bookers’

2011

Dr Rehana Akther–A survey of referrals requiring mother and baby unit admissions

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