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The Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Prizes and Bursaries

 

The Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Prizes and BursariesCurrent Prizes and Bursaries

 

The John Hamilton Travelling Fellowship 


Next award 2017

 

Further details to follow

 


The Medical Student Essay Prize in Forensic Psychiatry - 2016


The Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry is offering a £300 prize for an essay of 5000 words (footnotes and appendix should be included in the word count but the bibliography can be an addition) on any topic related to forensic psychiatry. The essay should be researched from relevant literature and based on theory. Essays which are written around clinical cases are not eligible. The examining committee may decide in certain circumstances that an oral examination is necessary.

 

Some examples of possible topics:

 

  1. Does mental illness cause violence?
  2. Are men more violent than women? If so, why?
  3. Is public protection a proper role for a mental health service?
  4. Are sexually abused children more likely than others to develop mental disorder and/or criminality?

Linked with this essay prize, the Forensic Faculty sponsors up to six medical students to attend the annual residential conference (to be held in February each year). Sponsorship will include registration for the full conference, attendance at the conference dinner and up to £250 to cover travel and subsistence. Students who have submitted the best essays will be offered this sponsorship and the winner will be announced at the conference dinner.

 

Please submit essays by email attachment with a short curriculum vitae marking the email “Forensic Faculty Medical Student Essay Prize”.

 

Prize: £300

 

Frequency:  Annually

 

Eligible:  Medical Students from UK medical schools who submit the essay before graduation or no longer than 3 months after graduation.

 

Where presented:  Faculty residential meeting, usually held in February/March each year

 

Regulations: 

I.     The prize will be advertised in the Student BMJ in the spring preceding the year of award.

 

II.    The Faculty has agreed that each year the winner(s) of the essay prize will be included as guest(s) at the Faculty annual conference. 

 

Closing date: midnight 12 October 2015

 

Submissions to: Stella Galea, Committee Manager                                        

 

The Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Research Prize


 

The Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Research Prize aims to encourage research in the field, provide a platform for high quality research and to bring the results of research to the attention of Faculty members.

 

The prize is open to researchers in the field of Forensic psychiatry from all professions, including trainees and senior staff.

 

The prize will be awarded to the best oral presentation at the original research session held at the Forensic Faculty Annual Residential Meeting.   

 

Prize: The winner is awarded £500 and a certificate.

 

Frequency: The prize is awarded annually at the Faculty annual conference.

 

Eligibility:

Any researcher of any grade who has submitted an oral presentation for the Faculty annual residential meeting will be eligible for entry to the prize and will be automatically submitted, providing the entry meets all submission criteria.

 

Where presented:

The prize winner will be announced at the Faculty Annual conference.

 

Regulations:

All eligible applications to present at the annual residential meeting will automatically enter the prize.  Short listing occurs prior to the meeting by a panel nominated by the Faculty Executive.   Short listing is based on review of the submission abstract, taking into account originality, methodology, and research findings.   Shortlisted candidates will be invited to give an oral presentation of their work.  Approximately six presentations will be shortlisted for oral presentation. The prize will be awarded by a panel of three judges who are nominated by the Faculty Academic Secretary. The judges’ decision will take into account the academic quality of the project, the quality of the oral presentation and how the presenter deals with questions from the audience and judges. The prize will be announced at the closing session of the annual residential meeting.  The judges’ decision will be final and no prize will be awarded if a sufficient standard is not reached.

 

Closing date:

The closing date will be the same as the date for submission of annual residential meeting poster and presentation entries, usually in October each year.

 

Submissions:

Refer to conference information for closing date and submission advice.

 

Contact: calc@rcpsych.ac.uk

 


 

Bursaries  


Bursary to attend National Forensic Psychiatry Trainee Conference

The Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry offers bursaries for up to ten UK medical students to attend the National Forensic Psychiatry Trainee Conference held in October each year.  In 2015 the meeting will be held in Leeds on 15 and 16 October.

 

Bursaries include registration fee, conference dinner and up to £250 to cover standard class travel and subsistence. 

 

Applications: Applications should be sent by email and should include a brief statement of why you would like to attend the meeting, a letter of support from a member of the RCPsych Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry together with a current concise curriculum vitae sent as email attachment. 

 

Eligible: Medical students from the UK or recent graduates

 

Closing date:  midnight on 3 August 2015

 

Submissions: To the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry, the Royal College of Psychiatrists

 

College contact: Stella Galea, Committee Manager 

 

 

 

Bursary to attend the Forensic Psychiatry Annual Residential Meeting

 

The Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry offers bursaries for up to four UK medical students to attend the Faculty Residential Conference. Successful applicants may have submitted entries to the essay prize, have a poster accepted at the conference or otherwise demonstrated an interest in forensic psychiatry.

 

Bursaries include registration fee, conference dinner and up to £250 to cover standard class travel and subsistence. 

 

Applications:  Applications should be sent by email and should include a brief statement of why you would like to attend the meeting, a current concise curriculum vitae sent as email attachment and a letter of support from a member of the RCPsych Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry. 

 

Eligible: Medical students from the UK or recent graduates

 

Closing date: midnight on 12 October 2015

 

Submissions: To the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry, the Royal College of Psychiatrists

 

College contact: Stella Galea, Committee Manager 

 

Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Forensic Psychiatry Faculty Bursary for a residential seminar in European Forensic Psychiatry

 

The Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry offers one bursary of £1000 annually to UK Specialty Trainees or UK Consultants in Forensic Psychiatry to assist them in attending the ‘Bildungswerk Irsee Seminar in Europe for consultants and experienced trainees’ run by the Ghent Group.

 

 

Background

Laws and justice systems are country specific, while attitudes to mental disorder and its definitions may also differ between nations. Nevertheless, we seek and find common ground on mental disorder and ways in which it may lead to harm to others and/or offending.

 

Europe is divided by climate, language, population distribution and industrial mix, but its constituent countries come together in the Council of Europe and the European Union (EU).  The Council of Europe consists of 47 member states and deals with democratic development, legal standards and human rights for about 800million people through the Convention and the European Court of Human Rights. The EU, with 28 member states and over 500 million people, provides for freedom of movement of goods, people and services between the member states and thus a need for health systems to develop capacity for effective co-operation.

Since 2003, a group of forensic psychiatrists from a growing number of EU countries have held annual meetings, and a residential seminar has been developed, initially by academic forensic psychiatrists from the universities of Munich, Cardiff and forensic mental health services in Denmark in conjunction with Bildungswerk Irsee. Over five days, participants study and reflect with an expert in international law from the Max Plank Institute and senior forensic psychiatrists on the theory and practice of service delivery to the courts and to patients through didactic sessions, academic debate and case discussions.

This residential seminar has been established for five years and receives consistently positive feedback, further endorsed by the fact that many participants return for further experience.  Among western European nations, however, it is least well attended from the UK.  It is increasingly difficult for medical staff, and perhaps particularly consultant staff, to get financial support for training which is slightly out of the mainstream or for continuing professional development.  This bursary will go some way towards assisting with this.

The bursary

The bursary is to support attendance at the Irsee Residential Seminar held in August or September each year. The bursary will be paid on submission of confirmation that a place had been booked.

 

Amount

The bursary will be £1000.

 

Eligibility

The award will be open to UK specialty registrars in Forensic Psychiatry and UK consultants in Forensic Psychiatry who are members of the RCPsych Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry  

 

Regulations

Prospective candidates should provide an up-to-date CV and a brief statement (up to 500 words) on their reasons for wanting to attend, the ways in which attendance would specifically benefit their training, development or practice and how they might disseminate the learning experience to others within or outside the College.

 

Entries will be evaluated by a panel nominated by the Faculty Executive.

 

Deadline

Applications should be by email to Stella Galea, committee manager on sgalea@rcpsych.ac.uk and received by midnight on 2 May 2016

 

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