Dr Karen Cocksedge wins Royal College of Psychiatrists Award

Dr Karen Cocksedge of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been named Core Psychiatric Trainee of the Year 2016 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Karen Cocksedge wins Royal College of Psychiatrists Award

The annual RCPsych awards mark the highest level of achievement within psychiatry, and are designed to recognise and reward excellent practice in the field of mental health. The Core Psychiatric Trainee of the Year award is for trainees who have demonstrated through their clinical performance and practice that they have attained a level of achievement over and above that expected for their grade.

Dr Cocksedge was presented with her trophy by Dr Kate Lovett, Dean of the College, at The Royal College of Psychiatrists’ London office on 8 November.

Dr Cocksedge completed a degree and PhD in Physics before studying medicine, then worked as a Royal Society Research Fellow in Astrophysics, publishing around 40 papers on starburst galaxies. She trained in medicine in Sheffield and was awarded the Alan Johnston Prize Medal for achieving the highest score in medical school exams and a Foulkes Foundation Fellowship for her medical research.

She completed Core Training in Psychiatry in Cornwall, where she published five peer-reviewed psychiatry papers and was awarded the RCPsych Laughin Prize for her MRCPsych results.

The judges said: “We are very pleased to present Dr Cocksedge with this award. Dr Cocksedge has a keen interest in personality disorder and practices Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. She has managed to gain good experience in community forensic psychiatry and has published on the subject. As a trustee of her local branch of Mind, she developed a befriending scheme and undertook a project to promote mental health awareness.”