Award for excellence 2016

Sweden won the EFPT Award for Excellence 2016 for their project “Mental Health Run”

President Livia de Picker and the Swedish delegation accepting the award

President Livia de Picker and the Swedish delegation accepting the award

On World Mental Health Day 2015, almost 1200 people took 5 million steps to to raise awareness of mental health disorders in Sweden.

The project called “Mental Health Run” is a charity run to raise awareness of psychiatric disorders and to raise money for organizations and initiatives improving mental health. It started as an idea from Anna Malmqvist, a member of STP, the Swedish federation of psychiatric trainees. In this unique project representatives from STP worked with the Swedish Psychiatric Association and two patient organizations called Suicide Zero and Hjärnkoll. More than 20 000€ was raised and stories of people with experience of psychiatric illness were shared through texts and films on social media, that was seen by up to 25 000 people. The homepage provided information on psychiatric disorders and the two biggest newspapers in Sweden wrote about the project.

This year even more organizations have joined the project, which is also spreading to other cities in Sweden.

By working closely together, there was a mutual exchange of ideas and knowledge between the organizations and this have had spin-off effects even outside the project.

STP is proud to be acknowledged with the EFPT award for excellence for the initiative of and work with Mental Health Run. As we’re currently working with the race of 2016, we are very happy to get the chance to promote Mental Health Run in Europe and would be glad to see Mental Health Run spreading across Europe.

With flexible prices, possibility to walk or run and an overall appreciation of people’s differences we’ve tried to create a place where everyone feels welcome. We warmly welcome everyone interested to join us in the race in Stockholm on the 8th October 2016 to take more steps for awereness on mental health!

For more information, visit the web page or Facebook page (both in Swedish).


Bitesized Teaching, UK, by Dr Ryan Dias, Dr Robert Bartram

Bitesized Teaching is an effective, quick and easy way of enhancing knowledge of physical health conditions in a psychiatric setting. Junior doctors deliver a curriculum of 20 core physical health topics in brief 10 minute tutorials that take place once a week in the ward lunchtime handover period. The tutorials deliver high impact learning through streamlined aims and objectives. This is an initiative that is easy to implement and has proved transferable across different settings and has low set up costs. The initiative has been running successfully for two years in Yorkshire and Derbyshire regions of England.

Global Mental Health for medical students, UK, by Dr Sophie Tomlin and Dr Lucy Potter

This project aimed to improve recruitment into psychiatry by setting up an innovative global mental health module for medical students at St George’s University, London. Our aim was to target students with an interest in volunteering abroad, who had not previously considered a career in mental health.

Through a competitive application process, we were awarded national funding which enabled us to establish a medical student exchange programme with Hospital Santa Maria, Lisbon, Portugal. Clinical attachments were preceded by introductory lectures provided by psychiatrists with experience of global mental health to inspire commitment to psychiatry.

Building the Foundations for Better Placement in Psychiatry: Introducing the First Mentoring Scheme for Foundation Doctors in Psychiatry in East of England, UK, by Yasir Hameed

My project involved the successful introduction and implementation of an innovative mentoring scheme for foundation doctors in psychiatry in my organisation (Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust) which is the largest mental health service provider for more than 1.5 million people in East of England.

In December 2015, foundation doctors in Norfolk were offered the opportunity to be mentored by psychiatric trainees to reduce stress and burnout. At the end of the mentorship, feedback was collected from mentees and mentors and the feedback highlighted the positive experience of mentorship. After this initial successful pilot, the mentoring scheme now is offered to all foundation doctors in Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

The Passionate Psychiatrist, Netherlands, by Drs. Wim Duhayon, Hannah Dekelver, Frank Koolen, Michiel Smeets, Suzanne van Bronswijk, Thera Reus

The project is an extra-curricular evening series, called ‘The Passionate Psychiatrist’ organized by the Education Committee of the UOPZ training program. For every evening (in total five evenings), a local psychiatrist was invited to share his or her passion for the profession with all the residents in an open stage setting using non frontal education techniques. By creating this open and safe platform, residents got the chance to get inspired by their supervisors and explore their own ambitions and motives. This innovative project was welcomed and extremely positively evaluated by the residents as well as the psychiatrists, and was also (financially) supported by the Board of Directors of the UOPZ program. Due to this exceptional success, a next evening series is already planned.

Refocus, Ireland, by Dr Azvee

A Vision for Change details a comprehensive model of mental health service provision for Ireland published in 2006. One the vital recommendation is that service users and carers should be involved in every aspect of mental health service development and delivery.

College of Psychiatrists Ireland (CPsychI) was formed in 2009, to support the delivery of mental health services in line with the recovery model and the delivery of the national policy on mental health services A Vision for Change.

The REFOCUS (Recovery Experience Forum of Carers and Users of Services) was founded by the CPsychI in 2011.

The inclusion of the REFOCUS group into the training of psychiatrists in Ireland is prodigious as it has allowed a two-way partnership to foster an enterprising and insightful approach to a healthy mental health provision in Ireland.

The First National Meeting of Psychiatry Residents, Turkey, by Dr Erzin, Dr Yilmaz, Dr Gurcan, Dr Cikrikcili

As Resident Committee of Psychiatry Association of Turkey, we held our first meeting on 26-27 March 2016, in Samsun, Turkey. The meeting was held with 45 psychiatry residents from 11 cities of Turkey. The aim of the meeting was increasing communication between psychiatry residents from different cities and institutions in Turkey. The participants found an opportunity to discuss issues about their training programs, the personal and professional rights, possible research collaborations and ways to develop their occupational skills. An interview; “If I was a psychiatry resident now…” with Prof. Orhan Öztürk, who is the firsy president of Psychiatry Association of Turkey, and Prof. Berna Uluğ, who is a student of Prof. Orhan Öztürk, was in the program as well. Three generations of psychiatric community were gathered in our meeting. There were also workshops concerning exchange and scientific programs, research fellowships and collaborations.

Trainees online (TrOn), UK, by Dr Holt

Trainees Online (TrOn) is a learning resource designed to support the postgraduate education of aspiring psychiatrists who are preparing for the membership examinations of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.  Senior psychiatry trainees volunteer as trainee editors, guiding the creation of learning modules that are aligned with the MRCPsych examination.  Trainees who have recently passed the MRCPsych apply in a competitive process to produce content for their pre-membership peers.  Authors are supported by subject experts, the College Examinations Panels and TrOn content editors to craft interactive modules for publication online; access is included in the training subscription fee for UK trainees.

psychART, by Dr Saffron Homayoun and Dr Megan Fisher

psychART is a trainee-led project funded by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Health Education England, aiming to increase recruitment into psychiatry by celebrating the specialty’s prominent links with the arts.

It is comprised of three parts:

psychART competition: a nationwide competition for foundation year trainees to enter their artwork in any form.

psychART conference: a day of workshops and talks focusing on the use of art within psychiatry and its relevance to patients and clinicians.

psychART exhibition: a national tour of artwork from the competition to maximise the project’s impact, including an exhibition at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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