Prizes and bursaries

We've created an essay prize for undergraduates to show how exciting and invigorating a career in rehabilitation psychiatry can be.

2019 Topic

What is the importance of the patient's voice in mental health care?

Prize

£100, a certificate and have your essay published on our website.

The winner will also be given a free place at our annual conference, conference dinner and be invited to give an oral presentation. The prize will also cover one night at the conference hotel and £75 toward standard advanced travel within the UK. 

How often

Annually

Where presented

The Faculty annual conference

Who can enter

Undergraduate clinical medical students based at university within the UK. 

Please email your essay with a short CV, with the subject line ‘Rehab & Social essay prize’ to Stella Galea, Faculty and Committee Manager stella.galea@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Rules

  • Please email an original essay of up to 3,000 words on a given topic. Word count includes footnotes, but excludes the bibliography
  • 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.

Closing date

Midnight on 6 May 2019

Background

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 Residential Meeting.

The monetary value of the prize is determined by our 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.

Prize

£200

The best submissions will be included in the final programme for the Douglas Bennett Prize session at our annual residential meeting. Those shortlisted to make an oral presentation for the prize will have their delegate fee for that day of the meeting waived.

How often

Annually

Who can enter

A psychiatrist working in rehabilitation as a trainee in a non-career grade post, or as a consultant within two years of appointment.

Rules

  • 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 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.

Closing date

Please refer to Faculty conference information.

We are pleased to invite nominations for our lifetime achievement award.

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.

Reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of the specialty the nominee need not be a College member or a psychiatrist.

Award

A framed certificate and attendance at the Faculty conference.  We will meet the costs of conference registration, conference dinner, accommodation and travel for the recipient and one accompanying guest.

Where presented

The Faculty annual conference.

Rules 

  • 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. Email your nominations by the deadline. Those received after the deadline will not be considered
  • 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 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 when 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.

Closing date

30 May 2019

Submissions

Email your nomination to Stella Galea, Faculty & Committee Manager

stella.galea@rcpsych.ac.uk

Previous winners

2017

Tom Craig

2016

Frank Holloway.

We offer this bursary to help a foundation year one trainee to attend the Rehabilitation & Social Psychiatry Faculty annual conference.

Prize

Attendance at our annual conference, including free registration, 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. 

Rules

  • Please email a brief CV with a covering letter, saying in no more than 250 words why you'd like to attend the meeting and how you'll share your learning
  • The conference package is for the year in which the prize is awarded and can't be carried over.

Closing date

 Midnight on  6 May 2019

We offer this bursary to fund a psychiatrist from a low or middle-income country to attend our annual conference.

Prize

The maximum total value of the award is £1,000 to cover the cost of economy class travel to our annual conference, 15-18 November 2018, 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.

How often

Biennially

Who can enter

Psychiatrists living and working in a low- or middle-income country.

Rules

  • 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:
    • 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 might 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. 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
  • Supporting receipts, tickets and travel documents must be forwarded to us following attendance at the conference together with an expense claim form
  • You will be expected to give an oral or poster presentation, or deliver a workshop at our conference.

Closing date

The closing date for 2018 has passed.

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