PIPSIG is the Private and Independent Practice Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The PIPSIG executive committee has decided to set up an annual bursary for interested early-stage Psychiatrists to help develop their entrepreneurial passions and activities and we are inviting applications for the second award. The bursary is worth £1,000: the first award was to Dr Kirsty Alderton to develop an app to support mothers suffering from perinatal depression.
PIPSIG are aware that there have been a number of successful apps and other digital developments that have proved beneficial to people with mental health problems. These include online courses to deal with depression, anxiety and eating disorders; anonymous social networks; adventure games tackling psychotic phenomena; various biofeedback devices; and much more besides. Granted the limited national funding for mental health, particularly for child and adolescent mental health services, we would like to see a proliferation of such self-help material.
PIPSIG have observed that many psychiatrists and psychiatric trainees have good ideas in this respect, but may well lack the know-how to develop these ideas, which clearly requires multi-disciplinary skills including research and development, software design and development, user and market testing and knowledge of intellectual property. We are at present exploring with potential educational/research partners how such skills and ideas can best be fostered and brought forward.
We are looking now for applications for the bursary. If you have a great idea and would like help in bringing it to fruition, please contact Dr Danny Allen (PIPSIG secretary) at email@example.com for an application form. All entries for this year must be submitted by 31 December 2020.
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