Undergraduate pharmacist research award

The undergraduate pharmacist research award is for projects undertaken in mental health by undergraduate pharmacy students.

The award includes attendance at CMHP’s annual conference, usually held in October, with all accommodation and reasonable travel costs included. The award will be made to a winner and runner up.

Criteria

To be eligible, your project must have been undertaken during your undergraduate course. It is expected, but not essential, that this was as part of your final year project (or equivalent for sandwich courses). However, it must not have been part of your pre-registration training. The project can be undertaken in any sector of pharmacy, including community, hospital, primary care, academia and industry.

Your project must be wholly or mainly about a subject related to the practice of mental health pharmacy. It is anticipated that most projects undertaken by undergraduate pharmacy students will be as part of the audit cycle, or a literature search as part of service development or evaluation, although applications need not be limited to such projects.

Your work must have been undertaken wholly by you, the applicant, although the project may have been supervised. You must have undertaken the project during in the year preceding the call for applications.

If successful, you must be willing to submit your project as a poster at the CMHP Annual Conference, usually held in October. We expect to share winning abstracts with the wider membership.

Process of application

Your project must be written up 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 (maximum 350 words)
  • 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 your report will act as the only means of assessing the project, it should be self-contained and self-explanatory

Please provide a covering letter stating:

  • 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 1st September)
  • The address of your university
  • The name and address of your supervisor(s) for the project (if appropriate)
  • The address(es) of the establishment(s) where your project was undertaken (where the data was collected)
  • A statement confirming that you, as the applicant, undertook the work yourself without assistance other than that of a supervisor
  • A statement acknowledging that you are willing to present your project as a poster at the CMHP Annual Conference.

Submissions must be emailed to research@cmhp.org.uk by 5pm on 31st July 2017.

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. We expect to notify the winner and runner-up in writing by 1st September. The award will include attendance at the CMHP Annual Conference, where the award will be made. All accommodation and reasonable travel costs will be funded as part of the award.

This award is funded by the CMHP.

Previous winners

  • 2016: Hannah Brownsell, University of Reading: An audit of anticholinergic cognitive burden in elderly mental health and dementia patients
  • 2015: Samiah Hassan: A qualitative exploration of the barriers to community pharmacy supporting people with mental health problems adhering to medication
  • 2014: Medha Kothari
  • 2013: Bilal Mukhtar: An audit assessing rapid tranquilisation incidents at central north west london (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2012: Fiona Fraser, University of Strathclyde, for “Pharmacists and the prescribing and administration of PRN medicines: What are the issues?”
  • 2011: Eleanor Bevan; Community Pharmacists’ Recognition And Response To Symptoms Of Depression. MedwaySchool of Pharmacy
  • 2010:Hannah (Beba) Bowden; Cyclodextrins with Pluronic®F-127 as Carrier Systems in Gene Delivery using Drying Technology: Progressive research in the field of mental health pharmacy