We've created an essay prize for undergraduates to show how exciting and invigorating a career in rehabilitation psychiatry can be.
The 2023 topic was: How can social isolation be countered in an economic crisis?
£100, a certificate and have your essay published on our website.
The winner will also be given a free place at our annual conference and will be invited to give an oral presentation. The prize will also cover one night at the conference hotel, the conference dinner and £75 toward standard advanced travel within the UK.
Who can enter
Undergraduate medical students based at universities within the UK.
- Please email an original essay of up to 3,000 words on the given topic. The word count includes footnotes, but excludes the bibliography.
- Please do not include your name or the name of your institution in the essay text.
- Entries will be shortlisted and judged by a panel appointed by our executive committee. Entries will be judged on originality, clarity of expression, comprehension of the literature, cogency of argument and overall ability to convey enthusiasm for the specialty.
- We reserve the right to withhold awarding the prize should entries not be of a satisfactory standard.
- The conference package is for the year in which the prize is awarded and can't be carried over.
Please email your essay with a short CV, with the subject line ‘Rehab & Social essay prize’ to email@example.com. Please do not include your name or the name of your institution in the essay text.
We are not currently accepting applications for this prize.
Nathaneal Leaf – How can social isolation be countered in an economic crisis?
John Goulder – Do psychotherapeutic models have a role in rehabilitation and recovery?
Rosanna Lush McCrum – What is the importance of the patient's voice in mental healthcare?
George Reid – Is schizophrenia an Autoimmune Condition?
Dearbhla Cosgrove – How can technology assist in improving outcomes for psychosis?
Pei Ling Lim – Is housing of importance to mental health?
The prize is awarded annually for the best paper on rehabilitation psychiatry. It will be awarded to the psychiatrist working in rehabilitation as a trainee, in a non-career grade post, or as a consultant within two years of appointment, who presents the best original work at our Annual Conference.
The monetary value of the prize is determined by our Faculty Executive and is currently £200.
There is no set topic, but the prize given in Douglas Bennett’s name will use his guiding values in adjudication.
He valued creativity with practicality, simplicity with illumination, applicability with humanity and had an eye for clear and rigorous methodology.
This is a high and demanding standard, which he applied to both his research and clinical work and for which he is honoured with this prize.
The best submissions will be included in the final programme for the Douglas Bennett Prize session at the Annual Conference in November 2023. Those shortlisted to make an oral presentation for the prize will have their delegate fee for that day of the meeting waived.
Who can enter
A UK or international psychiatrist working in rehabilitation as a trainee, in a non-career grade post, or as a new consultant within two years of appointment.
- There is no set topic, but the prize given in Douglas Bennett’s name will use his guiding values in adjudication.
- You should submit a paper to firstname.lastname@example.org with a maximum length of 2,000 words, on one of the following:
- Original work to investigate hypotheses relevant to the care of individuals suffering from severe mental illness
- Description, rationale and evaluation of innovative service for people with severe mental illness
- Critical review/meta-analysis of existing treatments, interventions or services for people with severe mental illness
- Critical appraisal of the impact of contemporary health and/or social care policy affecting the care of people with severe mental illness.
- Those shortlisted will be invited to give an oral presentation in this session which will be assessed by the prize adjudication committee
- No more than three papers will be shortlisted for presentation and the winner will be announced at the conference
- The target audience is our membership, but it's expected that the winning paper would be submitted for peer review and would therefore be likely to appeal to a wider professional audience.
- We reserve the right to withhold awarding the prize should satisfactory standards not be achieved.
The Faculty are currently accepting applications until midnight Tuesday 31 October 2023.
Please email email@example.com with any queries.
Please note that nominations are now closed.
The award is to honour the career of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of Rehabilitation and Social psychiatry. This might include contributions in clinical practice, service development, innovation, research, education
and training or management.
The recipient will have achieved national or international status for their work in the duration of, and frequently beyond, their main employment.
Who is eligible to be nominated?
UK-based RCPsych members can be nominated for this award.
A framed certificate and attendance at the Faculty conference. We will meet the costs of conference registration, and (where the conference is held at a UK venue) conference dinner, accommodation and UK travel for the recipient and one accompanying guest.
The Faculty annual conference.
- Nominations can come from any member and must include a supporting statement. Supporting documentation is welcome but not essential. We are unable to accept self-nominations. Be sure to email your nominations by the deadline as those received after the deadline will not be considered.
- Nominees must be UK based.
- Nominees must be RCPsych members in one of the following categories of membership: Member, Fellow, Specialist Associate or Affiliate.
- All valid nominations will be considered at the meeting of the executive committee and regional representatives in June, and the recipient determined by those at that meeting.
- Each member of the executive committee, including co-opted members and regional representatives, will have a single vote. A vote will be taken on the day of the executive committee 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 Chair, Vice-Chair and Financial Officer.
- There will be no more than one award in any calendar year and the 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 to the Faculty conference. The award will be announced and presented at the conference dinner.
- We will not communicate with unsuccessful nominees but will notify nominators once a decision has been made.
Please submit your nomination to RCPsych Faculties.
Closing date for nominations
Nominations are open again for 2023 and will close on Friday 14 April at midnight.
- 2021 – Helen Killaspy
- 2019 – Geraldine Strathdee
- 2017 – Tom Craig
- 2016 – Frank Holloway
We offer this bursary to help a foundation year one trainee to attend the Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry Faculty annual conference which will be held in November 2023.
Attendance at our annual conference, including free registration and where relevant a place at the conference dinner, one night at the conference hotel or a hotel nearby and £75 towards standard advanced travel within the UK.
Who can enter?
Foundation year one doctors in the United Kingdom at the time of applying.
- Please email a brief CV with a covering letter, saying in no more than 250 words why you would like to attend the meeting and how you will share your learning.
- The conference package is for the year in which the prize is awarded and cannot be carried over.
Applications are closed for 2023.
We offer this bursary to fund a psychiatrist from a low or middle-income country to attend the Faculty annual conference.
The maximum total value of the award is £1,000 to cover the cost of economy class travel to our annual conference, as well as registration fees, hotel accommodation and attendance at the conference dinner.
Travel and accommodation costs will be refunded upon submission of an expense form after the event.
An advance may be agreed with our financial officer if necessary.
Who can enter
Psychiatrists living and working in a low- or middle-income country.
- The competition is open to psychiatrists living and working in World Bank classified low and middle Income countries
- Eligible psychiatrists intending to apply for the bursary are invited to email us the following:
- A statement of no more than 500 words setting out your reasons for wanting to attend the conference, the ways in which attendance would benefit your career, development or practice, and how you will share the learning experience to others
- An estimate of funding required
- An abstract for your proposed workshop, poster or oral presentation
- A brief CV
- A copy of a document confirming your medical qualifications.
- Entries will be shortlisted and judged by a panel appointed by our executive committee. The decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into
- Abstracts will be judged based on originality and suitability for an audience of rehabilitation psychiatrists
- We reserve the right to withhold awarding the prize should satisfactory standards not be achieved
- The conference package is for the year in which the prize is awarded and cannot be carried over
- Following attendance at the conference an expense claim must be made using My Expenses Online
- The winner will be expected to give an oral or poster presentation, or deliver a workshop at the conference.
The deadline for submissions has now passed. Please check back in 2024.