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

RCPsych Dinwoodie Research Fellow for 'Children First'

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is honoured to offer the RCPsych Dinwoodie Settlement Children First Educational Research Fellowship to support for one year, a UK based psychiatrist to research and develop a curriculum for core psychiatry trainees focussing on the needs of young carers.



The Dinwoodie Settlement focusses on supporting doctors in training to develop their research skills. The aim of the ‘Children First’ Fellowship is to change cultural attitudes amongst medical practitioners by embedding awareness and practice relating to young carers in the specialist training of all doctors, with an initial focus on psychiatric trainees. The project will entail initial research, development of the curriculum and initial evaluation. Successful applicants will be encouraged to apply for a Master’s level degree.

The College has identified promoting the understanding of the needs of young carers as a priority. This project is a key component in achieving this aim.

This prestigious Fellowship will be open to psychiatrists who have entered specialist training in the UK, particularly those with an interest in working with children and families. The successful applicant will likely have some experience in education and training. It is not open to those awarded their CCT or working as a Consultant. The award will be made to the submission that has the greatest likelihood of tangible outcomes on Core Trainees’ skills in promoting understanding of young carers. We also expect the candidates to include their dissemination plans for their findings as well as their impact and public engagement plans.


Expectations of this fellowship

Dinwoodie and RCPsych will receive six monthly updates leading to the final report with a detailed action plan at the end of the Fellowship. The Fellow will be expected to make a presentation to the Dinwoodie Settlement Board of Trustees. We expect that the Fellow will participate fully in a wide range of College and public engagement activities, conferences, publications and meetings.

We expect academic outputs to be of a sufficient standard to be published in high quality peer reviewed journals.

Should the Fellow decide to register for a Master’s level degree, the host university will set out key performance indicators for the Fellow and these will be made available to the Professional Standards Department at the College. The Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has identified a potential supervisor for this project.


Key requirements

  • To carry out an initial literature review of the emotional and mental health needs of young carers

  • Working with young carers to develop a curriculum for Core Trainees promoting understanding of the needs of young carers, this will form the basis of a “spiral” curriculum for higher trainees and consultants and for other medical specialties

  • To undertake an initial evaluation of the curriculum

  • To attend meetings with supervisors at regular intervals

  • To be familiar with and comply with the requirements of good research governance

  • To contribute to and attend College events

  • To record, analyse and communicate scientific data together with a clear interpretation of results

  • To write scientific papers communicating the results of the work, and to present at the College meetings and other scientific meetings nationally and internationally

  • To participate in departmental managerial activities as required

  • To maintain accurate and accessible research records

  • Any other duties as may be deemed reasonable by the Supervisor and College

  • Compliance with appropriate governance and regulatory policies at the host institution.


Call for applications

Applications will be submitted to the College and will consist of:

  • CV describing your clinical and academic career to date

  • Project proposal (max. 2x A4 pages) with references and to include educational impact of their project

  • Lay summary (max. 400 words)

  • Statement of career intentions and how this fellowship meets their aims (max. 200 words)

  • Dissemination plans (max. 200 words)

  • Letter of support from Deanery (this is required no later than the interview date of 90).

The applications will have a deadline for receipt by 12 noon, Wednesday 24 January 2018, at which time they will be reviewed by an expert panel comprising Dr Ananta Dave, the RCPsych Child & Adolescent Faculty Safeguarding and Children First Lead, Dr Peter Byrne, RCPsych Associate Registrar for Public Mental Health and Nikki Cochrane, Head of Training & Workforce Operations (Professional Standards).

  1. The quality of the candidate, their track record, career aims and academic ability

  2. The project proposed: its educational potential and impact.

  3. The candidate’s interest in registering for a Master’s degree.

The Fellowship will provide for 0.5 WTE of the personal salary up to but not including NHS Consultant level. It will provide for Master’s fees and administrative support.

The applicant must provide as part of their submission a letter from their Deanery confirming their support and this should be received by the College no later than the date of interview – 9 February 2018.

Once short listed candidates are announced no later than 2 February, interviews will be conducted by the above panel on Friday 9 February 2018 at the College, 21 Prescot Street, London.

Please send your application to with the subject header: RCPsych Dinwoodie Research Fellowship Application.


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