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Royal College of Psychiatry Awards


John Geddes, Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry at the University of Oxford and honorary consultant psychiatrist at Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, has been named Psychiatric Academic of the Year 2010 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The annual Royal College of Psychiatry Awards mark the highest level of achievement within psychiatry, and are designed to recognise and reward excellent practice in the field of mental health.

Professor Geddes was presented with his award by Professor Eve Johnstone, from the University of Edinburgh, at a prestigious ceremony held at the Royal Society of Medicine on 16 November 2010.

Professor Dinesh Bhugra, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “On behalf of the College, I heartily congratulate Professor Geddes. The Royal College of Psychiatry Awards bring national recognition to those mental health professionals who are doing brilliant work to help improve our understanding of mental illness and deliver the best possible care to patients.”

Professor John Geddes said “I am honoured to have been awarded this award and delighted to accept it.  Our research depends on the efforts of the skills and hard work of  the whole research team and, crucially, the contribution of our wonderful patients who both inspire the research and participate in our studies. “

New Textbook of Psychiatry wins first prize in BMA Books Awards


We are pleased to announce that the New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry (Second Revised edition) won first prize in the psychiatry category in the British Medical Association (BMA) Book Awards this year. 784 books were entered into the BMA Medical Books Awards and almost 100 book publishers entered books this year.

Bringing together over 200 chapters from the leading figures in the discipline, the textbook presents a comprehensive account of clinical psychiatry, with reference to its scientific basis and to the patient’s perspective throughout.

Professor John Geddes, Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry who works for the Trust, comments “I am delighted that our book won the first prize in the psychiatry category. It recognises the excellent contributions of our international team of expert authors and their commitment to synthesising the best currently available knowledge in psychiatry. The prize is a particularly fitting tribute to the senior editor, Michael Gelder, emeritus professor in the University,   who started a very successful series of textbooks in 1980 and who was also the first Head of the Oxford Department of Psychiatry. That Michael is still winning prizes in his 80′s is an inspiration to us all!.” 

All round the book has been well received and there are many examples of good reviews; “Surpassing the first edition, this majestic and authoritative update of the field is a testimony to the depth and breadth of psychiatry….Written and edited by internationally recognised clinician-researchers, this second edition is the best read and most informative of this genre.”(Doody’s)

OBMH staff member wins the Tony Adams Award 2010


We are proud to announce that Steven Bell, Team Manager of Early Interventions in Buckinghamshire, won the Tony Adams award on the 24th May 2010. The award recognises those who work to support mental health issues through football. Steven helps to run Aylesbury Academicals, a mental health inclusive football team.

Former England captain Tony Adams who gives this award for outstanding work in the community and raising awareness about mental health commented: “We’ve worked with The FA for several years in highlighting the need for awareness in mental health and I truly believe that sport and football can be a gateway or conduit in enabling people to strive for more in their own lives.”.

Football has many proven benefits to mental health. Tournaments and leagues have provided players with physical and mental stimulus to help combat stress and generally improve mental health. The social aspect of attending an event is also beneficial to everyone and provides a day out that everyone can enjoy in a safe, supportive environment. Players of all abilities attend these events and are encouraged to get involved.

The award was presented to Steve at the England Mexico friendly. Steven Bell commented “It was a privilege to receive this award and it will give us an even greater opportunity to raise awareness of mental health problems, which are often misunderstood. Having this inclusive team really helps to encourage people to work together to achieve something good and there are many health benefits too. I am really proud of the whole team and all of their successes so far. We are always looking to expand the team and develop the football further, so please do get in touch with me on  “.

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Last updated: 14 August, 2017

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