The BPJ prize is awarded each year at the Colleges National Conference (or research conference) to the best research and presentation. As part of the reciprocal agreements with partner organisations around the world, the College is expected to exchange conference speakers. This is a process that has now been taking place for several years.
The prize will be to present at an international conference with a partner organisation of the College. The College will fund the airfare and expenses to a total of £1750. Only a full member of the College can be the recipient of the prize.
All papers published in the BPJ within the previous 12 months (BPJ volume runs May – March) prior to the annual conference are eligible for selection to present at the conference and for consideration for the BPJ prize. A shortlist of 5 papers will be chosen by the editor-in-chief and members of the editorial board. The presenter of paper has to be a full member of the College. Articles which have a panel member as a named author are excluded from the competition. Editorial board members cannot be recipients of the prize but are allowed to be a named author on the paper. Previous winners are excluded from entering the competition in the subsequent year but are allowed to be a named author on a paper entered to be presented by someone else.
Selection of panel.
The panel will be made up of representatives, selected from the: BPJ editorial board; Research and Development Advisory Committee; College board and one or two other independent College members chosen by the editor who are present at the conference. Each group/committee selecting their own representative by a simple majority vote.
Selection of articles to be presented at the college conference.
The panel will select papers from the previous 12 months (BPJ volume runs May – March) for presentation at the College of Paramedics’ annual conference. The presenter at the conference must be a full member of the College and can be named author of the published paper.
Marking of presentation
At the college conference the judging panel will assess each of the eligible presenters and presentations considering:
- Originality of paper
- Impact of paper on practice
- Conclusion(s) appropriate to results presented
- Use of visual aids (Clear, easy to read and understand)
- Presenter’s ability to communicate their message, and to present within the allotted time.
In addition, there will be an audience vote. This will not affect the outcome of the main prize, but the winner of the audience vote will also be recognised at the conference.
Awarding of the prize
The winner of the main prize will be decided by the judges and the prize will be awarded at the conference. In the event of disagreement, the final decision will rest with the editor-in-chief. In the event that the audience choice is the same as the main prize winner, the second placed entrant will be awarded the audience award.
Expectations of winner
- To write a conference report for paramedic insight or BPJ on their return from the international conference.
- To attend the conference within 12 months of winning unless exceptional circumstances.
- To act appropriately at the partners’ conference, as a representation of the College of Paramedics.
Page last updated: 15th Feb, 2020