How the RMBF helps

Our aim is to make a real difference to the lives of medics in times of need. We try to help our beneficiaries become independent and self-sufficient again, while maintaining longer-term support for those who need it.

We also aim to make a real difference in the lives of medical students and their families facing financial hardship due to unforeseen difficult circumstances.

RMBF’s Charitable Objects

To prevent or relieve poverty and to relieve need arising from youth, age, ill health, disability or bereavement

For doctors or those who have worked as doctors, medical students and their dependants

Types of financial assistance we offer

Regular grant

Awarded and paid to a beneficiary on a regular basis. Calculated and presented as a weekly amount but paid monthly.

Other awards

Awarded for specific costs not covered by the regular grant, e.g. back to work/retraining costs, eventualities awards for essential unexpected costs, children’s/child care costs, one-off costs where there is an urgent identified need.

Other assistance offered

Confidential psychotherapy for doctors

DocHealth is a confidential, not-for-profit psychotherapy service for all UK doctors, provided by the RMBF and the BMA. It is exclusively self-referral, with no report writing unless specifically requested by the doctor using the service. Fees are based on ability to pay, and for doctors in certain circumstances, fees can be covered entirely.

DocHealth can help with many issues, including

  • Relationship difficulties at work and at home
  • Burnout and work/life balance
  • Bullying or harassment
  • Communication difficulties
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Examination stress
  • Inquiry/clinical incident stress
  • Trauma past or present
  • Bereavement/loss
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Money advice service

The RMBF’s Money Adviser can help doctors struggling with debt to get their finances under control. The Money Adviser can also help to ensure that our beneficiaries are claiming all the state benefits they are eligible to receive.

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