- Benefit and debt advice
Royal Medical Benevolent Fund
The RMBF offers advice and support to doctors who are eligible through ill health, injury, disability, bereavement or who are beyond state retirement age. It may help with money advice, payments towards living costs, awards for equipment/adaptations and top ups for residential care. It also supports those returning to work after illness, support for retraining and professional fees.
The organisation also provides some support to refugee doctors who have PLAB1 and an approved clinical attachment, as well as to medical students in their final two years who are in difficulty through ill-health, disability or bereavement.
Royal Medical Foundation
Open to UK resident GMC registered (or formerly registered) doctors or their dependents in difficult financial circumstances. Doctors who aren't UK qualified need to have worked here for three years. Can support private school fees.
The Cameron Fund
Open to GPs and their dependents only who need help due to illness, disability, death or loss of employment, offering grants, loans and financial advice. Can support private school fees.
Made up of two independent charities and working independently of the British Medical Association, BMA Charities offers help to all doctors and medical students in times of financial need. The BMA Charities Trust Fund offers financial aid and advice to doctors and medical students in difficulty, while the Dain Fund is aimed at supporting the children of doctors struggling with money issues.
Elizabeth Finn Fund
Professionals including doctors, dentists, nurses and their partners who are holders of British/Irish nationality and who have under £4,000 in savings. Offers grants towards equipment, home adaptations and repairs, care home top ups and more.
Charity offering financial assistance to nurses, midwives and HCAs, including retired and students.
Offering project grants, bursary schemes, hardship funding and advice to nurses.
Society for the Assistance of Medical Families
Provides financial support for doctors and their families, and for medical students.
BMA wellbeing support services
Counselling and peer support available for all doctors and medical students. You do not need to be a BMA member.
British Doctors and Dentists Group (http://www.bddg.org/)
A mutual/self-help group for doctors and dentists recovering from chemical addictions (alcohol and/or drugs).
Doctors' Support Network
Peer support for doctors and medical students with mental health concerns, via mail forums and social events.
NHS Practitioner Health Programme
An NHS service for doctors and dentists in England with health concerns/addictions especially where it may affect their work. Self-referral for doctors who live in London. Doctors in the rest of England can access the service via a referral from their GP. Workforce Specialist Service, delivered by NHS Practitioner Health, is available to health and social care professionals in Scotland.
NHS staff mental health and wellbeing hubs
Free mental health and wellbeing hubs for NHS health and social care professionals in England.
National Wellbeing Hub
Advice and evidence-based digital resources to help health and social care staff in Scotland with issues such as stress, anxiety, low mood, insomnia/poor sleep and resilience.
Health for Health Professionals Wales
Funded by the Welsh government, a face-to-face counselling service for all doctors in Wales.
Support for doctors affected by addiction (including alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, eating disorders and other dependency/harmful behaviour). Based in Wales.
Confidential psychotherapeutic consultation service for all qualified doctors (not medical students). Fees apply but financial assistance to cover fees is available if needed.
Confidential care and support for health professionals in Ireland with mental health issues such as stress, anxiety or burnout, or who may have a substance misuse problem. Free of charge at the point of care.
- Educational resources
Learn and develop with the MDU
We offer a wide variety of online e-learning, in-house and on-site training and seminars, as well as a huge range of guidance and advice on our website and mobile app.
Guidance, advice and interactive learning tools.
Clinic for Boundary Studies
Training and other services for professionals facing difficulties relating to professional boundaries, ethics, conduct and career challenges.
E-learning for Health
Run by Health Education England. Wide range of online learning resources provided free to NHS doctors.
Provides BMA members/subscribers with continuing medical education covering clinical topics, professional skills and career development.
Professional network for doctors and students. Accredited CPD available.
Online learning resource aimed at doctors but also applicable for nurses, pharmacists, medical students, and other healthcare professionals. Registration needed to access all content.
Charity helping users find free legal help from barristers.
Law Society Solicitor Search
Not pro bono but lists solicitors by specialty and location.
Online advice for common legal scenarios.
National Pro Bono Centre (www.nationalprobonocentre.org.uk/)
Online hub for pro bono charities across the legal sector.
University of Law legal advice for the public
The University of Law pro bono programme offers free legal advice from postgraduate students training to become solicitors or barristers, supervised by experienced lawyers.
Whistleblowing charity offering confidential advice to anyone wanting to raise a concern at work.