“We are honoured to be awarded the mindfulness in medical education research prize. It means a lot to have the research done by NANSIG and the SPICE collaborative recognised by ASME. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank our fantastic supervisor Professor Kate Saunders, for helping us to make the project a reality. We hope that the funding awarded will ensure we can reward everyone on our team who worked so hard to bring the project to fruition. Many thanks!”

 George   Conor
 George Richardson Conor Gillespie 

The Neurology and Neurosurgery Interest Group

Recipients of the inaugural Mindfulness in Medical Education Research Award 2021


One of the intentions of the ASME Special Interest Group Mindfulness in Medical Education is to support the undertaking and dissemination of wellbeing-related research. The ASME-MiME research award is designed to provide a student of healthcare with the opportunity to undertake a piece of research related to mindfulness and wellbeing in medical education.

This is in recognition of the need for further high-quality research-based evidence related to wellbeing in medical education, and the need to change the perception of wellbeing in medical education. Mental health problems including stress, depression, burnout and vicarious trauma are not uncommon amongst healthcare workers. Such issues have been highlighted further this year by the COVID pandemic. By addressing our mental health needs directly, promoting ways of cultivating resilience and wellbeing within our healthcare workforce and founding and promoting an environment within healthcare which is supportive of such attitudes and practices, we may be able to turn the current tide of mental health problems which are present amongst healthcare professionals.

The winners of the inaugural Mindfulness in Medical Education Research Award are George Richardson and Conor Gillespie from the University of Liverpool, who submitted their work with the title; Social and Psychological Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on UK medical students: a national survey re-Evaluation of SPICE-19 (SPICE-20).

SPICE-20 is a national survey of medical and nursing students’ mental health and wellbeing, one year on from the outbreak of COVID-19, with the aim to determine student attitudes towards universities’ efforts to adapt to the needs of life as a student during the pandemic. And additionally to investigate if the pandemic has had any impact on the career prospects of students. The results of SPICE-20 will be used to provide feedback to the Medical Schools Council (MSC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) about the current state of mental health and wellbeing of their respective students.

For information on open calls for ASME Awards, please visit: https://www.asme.org.uk/awards


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