The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

Grants for GMC registered doctors, medical students and refugee doctors who are retraining to practise medicine in the UK. 

The type of help available:

  • Monthly grants to help with essential day-to-day living costs
  • Back-to-work awards, if you are returning to work after a period of illness
  • Help with purchasing specialist equipment
  • Help with purchasing disability adaptations for your car or home
  • Top-up for residential fees or extra care costs where there is a Local Authority assessed need

Last updated on 26 July 2019

Who is eligible?

To be eligible you must meet one of the following

  • Be a GMC registered doctor and in financial need due to an illness, disability or because you are over state retirement age
  • A refugee doctor who is retraining to practise medicine in the UK
  • A registered student on a course at a UK medical school which meets the eligibility requirements for GMC registration

What we can't help with

  • private health care
  • private education
  • legal fees
  • inland Revenue payments or repaying loans from family and friends

How to apply?

Email or call the fund to talk to the casework team, and discuss whether you are eligible for help.

Other information

The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund also has a befriending programme and gives advice on money and debt management.

Contact details

24 King's Road
SW19 8QN

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