THE SYMPOSIUM MAMMOGRAPHICUM AWARD
For applicants residing and working within the United Kingdom

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

The Trustees of Symposium Mammographicum are pleased to announce that they can offer Awards of up to £2,500 each year for radiologists, radiographers or other members of the diagnostic breast team for either

  • 1. an Educational Award – to take up a secondment at a recognised Centre in the UK or overseas to study a particular aspect of breast imaging practice

or

  • 2. a Research Award – to undertake a small research Project in breast imaging.

The Awards to radiographers are offered in association with the Society of Radiographers.

The aim of the Awards is to support work which will contribute to the improvement in the practice of breast imaging in the UK.

Eligibility

  • Radiologists should hold the FRCR; they may hold a training or consultant post but must be actively involved in breast imaging and/or the diagnostics of breast disease.
  • All others must be working in breast imaging for at least 50% of their post.
  • Only education and research related to breast imaging are eligible.
  • Clinical Attachments would usually be in ‘shadow’ form and observational only, unless applicants are already registered with the General Medical Council

Applications must be made by submitting the SYMPOSIUM-MAMMOGRAPHICUM-Award-form-and-guide-Mar17 to the Secretary.    A list of participating centres may be downloaded from the link:  SM Training Centres V7 June 2015.

Eligible costs

  1. The Educational Awards are designed to contribute towards:
    • Fees charged by the chosen Centre.
    • Cost of travel, accommodation and subsistence associated with the secondment. Motoring costs for travel by private car will be calculated at 45p per mile.
    • Attendance at the subsequent Symposium Mammographicum conference, where successful applicants will be required to present a report in the form of a paper or a poster. The sum of £600 from within the total amount granted is ring-fenced for the Symposium Mammographicum attendance costs.

For Research Awards, the following may be funded:

  • Directly incurred costs such as scientific or clinical consumables, statisticians’ fees, travel to other clinical sites to carry out investigations.
  • Directly incurred staff costs such as data management assistance.
  • Investigator backfill costs for the principal investigator BUT ONLY IF HIS OR HER JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT INCLUDE CONDUCTING RESEARCH. NB. Total directly incurred and investigator salary costs will only be funded up to a maximum of £1,000.
  • Attendance at the subsequent Symposium Mammographicum conference, where successful applicants will be required to present a report in the form of a paper or a poster. The sum of £600 from within the total amount granted is ring-fenced for the Symposium Mammographicum attendance costs.

Ineligible costs

  • Attendance at conferences other than Symposium Mammographicum.
  • Backfill costs for Educational Award absences.

General conditions

  • Applicants for Educational Awards must make their own arrangements for undertaking secondments.
  • The secondment or Project must be completed within one year of the Award being granted.
  • The decision of the Trustees on whether to fund an application is in their absolute discretion and final.
  • Receipts must be provided for all expenditure and any unspent or unaccounted for funds must be returned to the Trustees within 28 days of the completion of the Project.
  • If the applicant fails to complete the Project the full amount of the Award shall be refunded.

Applicants must provide

  • A two-page curriculum vitae.
  • A copy of their current job description.
  • A fully completed application form, including:
  • Confirmation of the proposed start and finish dates.
  • A detailed budget (£2,500 is the absolute limit, including £600 to attend Symposium Mammographicum, and any excess must be funded by the applicant. Justification of costs will be required).
  • Endorsement from the applicant’s employing Institute.
  • Details of the Centre to be visited (for an Educational Award), including evidence of agreement from the host Institute.
  • A signed undertaking that a written report of the results will be submitted to the applicant’s own Institute and a copy sent to the Trustees within two months of the Project ending, and that the results will be presented at the subsequent Symposium Mammographicum conference.

Timelines

Applications may be submitted at any time and decisions will be made at the following Trustees meeting (held four times per year). Applicants will be informed of the date when their application is due to be considered by the Trustees and the decision will be communicated within two weeks following that date.

Completed Application Forms and supporting documents should be sent by email or post to:

The Secretary
Symposium Mammographicum
34 Hampden Way, London, N14 5DX
Tel: 020 8361 7066 / Mob 07709 714669
Email: andrew.tillbrook@sympmamm.org.uk
Please address all enquiries to the Secretary

Value of the Award

The award scheme has been running now for several years which has helped clinicians from around the UK to further their professional careers as well as spread best practice and clinical approach in this specialised field. The following attachments are the stories demonstrating the experiences of some of the award recipients and hopefully provides an inspiration of the value of the award.

Use of tomosynthesis in breast screening -Dr Gita Ralleigh Progress Report 280914

B3 lesions, and risk stratification of individual lesions – Dr Nerys Forester

Extra patient movement during mammographic imaging – Judith Kelly 2012