Pharmacy technician research award

This award is for pharmacy technicians completing a research or audit project in their foundation courses and/or early years of practice (less than 5 years).

The award includes attendance at our annual conference, with accommodation and reasonable travel costs included, and two years CMHP membership. The award will be made to a winner and runner up.

We are not currently inviting applications for this award.  The deadline for applications is usually the end of July, and the next call will be issued a few weeks prior to that.

Criteria

The project must have been undertaken either during the applicant’s foundation course or first five years of practice. It can be undertaken in any sector of pharmacy, including community, hospital, primary care, academia and industry.

Eligible projects must be wholly or mainly about a subject related to the practice of mental health pharmacy. The work must have been undertaken entirely by the applicant; although the project may have been supervised. The applicant must have undertaken the project in the past two years.

Applicants must be willing to submit their project as a poster at the CMHP Annual Conference (in 2017, the conference takes place 13-15 October). Winning abstracts may be shared by CMHP with the wider membership.

Process of application

To apply for the pharmacy technician research award, you must write up your project as a brief report describing the work.

  • The first page of the report should include the title and author(s) details.
  • All subsequent pages must repeat the title as a header.
  • All subsequent pages must not mention the author’s name.
  • For the sake of anonymity in the marking process, the title and text should exclude any identifying names or places.
  • An abstract should be included; please use the IMRAD format (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion) (maximum 350 words) with a maximum of two references.
  • The report should be no more than 1,500 words long excluding tables and references. A word count should be included.
  • The report must be typed in at least 12 point, double-spaced with standard margins, and have numbered pages. Tables, figures and references (numerical style) should be on separate pages at the end.
  • As the report will act as the only means of assessing the project, it should be self-contained and self-explanatory.

Please provide a covering letter that states:

  • The full title of your project
  • Your full name and correspondence address (that should be valid after 1st September)
  • Your telephone, mobile telephone number and e-mail address (all valid after 1stSeptember )
  • The name and address of the supervisor(s) for the project (if appropriate)
  • The address(es) of the establishment(s) where the project was undertaken (where the data was collected)
  • The names and addresses work place of all co-applicants of the abstract.
  • A statement confirming that you undertook the work yourself without assistance other than that of a supervisor
  • A statement acknowledging that the applicant is willing to present their project as a poster at the CMHP Annual Conference.

The deadline and details of where to email your application will be provided with the call for applications is opened.

Judging

A panel of three judges will consider the applications anonymously. The decision of the judges is final; no communications will be entered into.

The award

An award will be made to a winner and runner up. The winner and runner-up are usually notified by 1st September.

The award, which is funded by the CMHP, will enable attendance at the CMHP Annual Conference, where the award will be presented. All accommodation and reasonable travel costs will be funded as part of the bursary. Two years membership to the CMHP will also be provided. The award is not transferable, and no cash alternative is available.

Previous winners

2016: No award made

2015: No award made

2014: No award made

2013: No award made

2012: Joanne Woodward, Five Borough Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, for “Antipsychotics in dementia: Are patients treated under shared care arrangements being reviewed in accordance with national guidance”.