Vital statistics: 2020-21

270 beneficiaries
received financial help

  • 140 doctors and medical students received financial help
  • 130 further family members benefited from financial help
  • 70 of those were new beneficiaries this year

56 doctors
were helped to return to work or remain in work in 2020-21
An increase of 37% on last year

total financial impact for our beneficiaries

including RMBF grants and state benefits secured by our money advice service

went towards relieving hardship caused by the impact of Covid-19

thanks to donations from CHSA, BMA Giving and the Healthcare Workers’ Foundation

72 doctors
received expert money advice to help them out of difficult financial situations

76 medical students
received specialist help from our online student money adviser service

12 beneficiaries
were provided with telephone befriending to help combat loneliness

25 new volunteers
joined us this year

We currently have over 200 volunteers supporting our work across the UK

Online support

of our online Advice Hub articles

379 people
accessed help from Rightsteps, our online wellbeing resource, this year

40 people
signed up for Wellbeing Sessions, structured courses offering more in-depth, self-guided support


Confidential psychotherapy service for all UK doctors, provided by the RMBF and the BMA (visit website)

Over 1,200 doctors have now self-referred to the service

81% with high or very high risk of burnout
48% with significant depression
84% with significant anxiety

392 doctors helped in 2020-21 – highest yearly figure since the service’s launch in 2016

92% would recommend the service to others

DocHealth data from August 2021


Year ended 31st March 2021


  • Donations £532,487
  • Legacies £62,916
  • Trading £12,882
  • Investment income £565,392
  • Other £22,290

Total £1,195,967


  • Charitable activities £1,229,669
  • Generating future income £166,865
  • Trading £7,908
  • Other £76,355

Total £1,480,797

The above is a summary: for more detailed information, download our annual report and accounts 2020-21 (.pdf)

Research into unmet need

The RMBF is undertaking a project to better understand the levels of unmet need for support among UK doctors and medical students.

Proposal outline (.pdf)