Prizes and bursaries

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

2020 topic

Watch this space for 2020 topic

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 29 March 2020

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  new 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.

The next award will be given in 2021. 

 

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 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.

Closing date

 Midnight on  29 March 2020

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, 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 prize will not be awarded in 2019.

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