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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

General Adult Psychiatry Faculty

Prizes and Bursaries

The Faculty of General and Community psychiatry  

The Oral and Poster Presentation Prize for Trainees and New Consultants   

The Medical Student Essay Prize in General and Community Psychiatry

Small Project Funding



The Oral and Poster Presentation Prize for Trainees and New Consultants 


The Faculty has established a prize for the best poster and oral presentation. The Faculty wishes to encourage interest and research in the area of adult general and community psychiatry.


Prize is now: All three short listed applicants will be given free registration at the conference for the day on which they make their presentation. In addition, the winner will receive a cheque for £250.

Frequency: Annually

Eligible: All psychiatrists in training grades and to consultants in their first year of practice.

Where presented: Faculty/CTC Residential Meeting (usually held in October)




I.     The prize is awarded on the basis of originality and relevance to general and community psychiatry of submissions for poster presentations and a short oral presentation to the judging panel.


II.    Applications will be invited at least three months before the annual residential meeting via a faculty mailing; the prize will also be advertised in the Faculty newsletter.


III.   The top three shortlisted applicants will be asked to make an oral presentation to the Faculty Residential meeting, and will be advised approximately two weeks before the meeting. The prizewinner will be expected to provide a summary article for the Faculty newsletter and the full text of the poster presentation for inclusion on the Faculty web page.


IV.   The judging panel will consist of the Faculty Academic Secretary and two other elected members of the Faculty Executive.


Closing date:  check conference documentation each year.

Submissions to: 

Conference Office, The Royal College of Psychiatrists 




2011 winners


  • Sharif Ghali being presented with his prize at the General and Community Faculty conferenceThe 2011 winner for best oral presentation of new research at the Faculty Residential Meeting was Dr Suhanthini Farrell, who spoke about the effects of the recession on deliberate self harm; a study of hospital presentations.
  • The 2011 prize for best poster of audit or research was awarded to Dr John Lally for his poster on A prevalence study of head shop drug usage in mental health services. Dr Sara Maguire was highly commended for her poster on The silent killer – physical healthcare and conditions in patients within crisis response home treatment.


There were two joint winners for 2010:  


  • Dr Marco Picchioni – Grey & White matter cerebral volumes in monozygotic twins with schizophrenia
  • Dr Lena Palaniyappan – Symptom burden despite clinical stability – is there an underlying structural lesion?



The Medical Student Essay Prize in General and Community Psychiatry 


The Faculty of General Adult and Community psychiatry has established an essay prize to be awarded following competition. The Faculty wishes to encourage interest in and awareness of psychiatry among undergraduates as a stimulating and challenging career option.

The General Adult Faculty would like to invite interested medical students to apply for the Medical Student Essay Prize.

Prize is now: A cheque for £250 plus two days’ free registration at the Faculty conference, one night at conference hotel, and standard advance rail travel within the UK (receipts required).

Two runners-up (awarded at judges’ discretion): two days’ free registration, one night at conference hotel, and standard advance rail travel. The conference prize package is for the year in which the prize is awarded and cannot be carried over.

Eligibility: All clinical medical students in the United Kingdom

Where presented:  Faculty Residential Meeting.




I.         The format of the prize will be an essay of up to 3,000 words (excluding references). Marking will be based on content, presentation and scientific merit. Criteria for judging will include clarity of expression, understanding of the literature and evidence, cogency of argument and overall ability to convey enthusiasm and originality within a set word limit.

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II.  The title for 2018 is:

  • 'Is diagnosis dead? Discuss.'


III.      Entries will be shortlisted and judged by a panel appointed by the Faculty Executive Committee. Should a minimum standard not be achieved the prizes may not be awarded.


IV.      Applicants should send their essay, and a 250 word summary, by e-mail to:


V.       The prizewinning essay will be published on the Faculty web page.


Closing date: the closing date for the 2018 prize has now passed.

Submissions to:   

Stephanie Whitehead (Faculty Manager) 

2017 Winner

2016  Joint Winners

2015 Winner

2014 Joint winners

2013 Winners:

2012 Winner

2011 Winner


There were two joint winners for 2010:





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