Trevor Silver Memorial Essay Prize

The deadline for the 2018 Trevor Silver Memorial Essay competition is the 31 July 2018

Please email your essay and a brief CV to [email protected], at any point before the deadline date.

Are you interested in primary care musculoskeletal medicine?
If so, you may be interested in the Trevor Silver Memorial Essay Prize. This is an annual prize that was awarded for the first time in 2012 and is open to all GP’s & GP Trainees' registered in the UK.

What could the essay involve?
Applicants are invited to submit an essay in the region of 2500 words on the subject of musculoskeletal medicine in primary care. Some examples would be a case presentation with discussion or an audit or description of a new service or skill that has been developed.

What are the benefits of entering?
The essay will be independently marked by a panel of doctors (2 consultants and 1 GP based in the Exeter locality). Prizes for the first the top 3 applicants will be awarded as follows:-  

  • First Prize - £750
  • Second Prize - £500  
  • Third Prize - £250

Feedback will be provided for all participants and the essay would be a helpful contribution to appraisal.

Who was Trevor Silver?
Trevor Silver (1927-2011) was a General Practitioner with an interest in the management of musculoskeletal conditions, notably injection therapy.  Trevor married Claire Wand’s daughter Jill and he served for many years as a Trustee to the Claire Wand Fund.

Throughout his career, he was interested in education and training. For many years, he was Regional Adviser to SW Thames Region British Postgraduate Medical Federation and held a number of important roles within the Royal College of General Practitioners, including Chair and Provost of the South West Thames Faculty. He chaired many management, education and research committees, including the local division of the BMA and his Regional Health Authority Regional Research Committee.

He was a GP advisor to the Arthritis and Rheumatism Council and a trainer to the RAMC. He contributed to original research on regional inequalities of GP training in inner city areas. He travelled widely to deliver his highly regarded soft tissue and joint injection workshops and published a successful book ‘Joint and Soft tissue injection.’

How do I get more information?
Contact The Claire Wand Fund Secretary – [email protected].
Please submit your essay application and a brief CV to the Claire Wand Fund Secretary (details above).


The Winner of the 2016 Trevor Silver Memorial Essay Prizes are:

Winners of the 2015 Trevor Silver Memorial Essay Prize