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

Events and Prizes


Foundation Doctors

College events for Foundation doctors


College prizes and competitions for Foundation doctors

  • Student Associate Essay Prize - Win a place at the RCPsych International Congress

Annual prize open to Medical Students and Foundation Doctors offering the chance to win a free day at the RCPsych International Congress, plus much more! Keep an eye on the Student Associate pages to find out when the next round opens. For reference, the 2015 advert can be found here.

HEE Initiatives

  • National Art Competition for all Foundation Doctors

‘psychART’ is all about celebrating creativity in medicine. There are 3 main events associated with it; a national art competition, conference and evening exhibition.

The Art competition

All FY1 and FY2 doctors are invited to submit up to five pieces of their own artwork in any medium: film, artwork, photography, music, poem or story. As well as ideally describe their inspiration for this art.

Artwork can be newly created for the psychART competition or something that you have previously made. The best entries will be selected and exhibited on the evening of the conference. All artwork needs to be submitted by October 16th 2015.

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The conference

On Wednesday 18th November, there will be a day of workshops, talks and performances. It is free for a limited number of foundation year doctors (with preference given to those who have submitted work in the competition).

The Exhibition

The evening exhibition will start with a debate focusing on the use of art within the NHS, followed by complimentary canapés and drinks and announcement of prize winners.

This campaign is part of project funded by Health Education England and RCPsych to help promote the link between art and its use within psychiatry. Managed and coordinated by two psychiatry trainees Dr Megan Fisher and Dr Saffron Homayoun who have been given the exciting opportunity to promote recruitment into this speciality.

Divisional Events & Prizes

The College Divisions run many events and competitions aimed at Foundation doctors. Visit their pages to find out more:

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Engage Your Mind


A new series of seminars aimed at medical students and foundation doctors to promote psychiatry as both a foundation post and career choice. 

Find out more here.