Medical charities launch online portal for doctors needing financial help

Five medical charities have joined forces to launch a new online portal to provide a single access point for doctors in need of financial assistance.

The ‘Help me, I’m a Doctor’ portal has been set up by BMA Charities, the Cameron Fund, the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund, the Royal Medical Foundation and The Society for the Assistance of Medical Families.

Its aim is to ensure doctors across the UK are aware that there is confidential help for doctors struggling with financial issues and provide a single place for doctors to access that support.

The site has been produced with the support of NHS England and it will also signpost doctors to other confidential support services, including the NHS GP Health Service, which launched earlier this year.

Doctors will need to complete a short questionnaire to make use of the service, which will be used to shortlist the right charity or charities that can help meet their needs.

The charities said: ‘Doctors all too often experience loneliness and isolation, even though working in an extremely busy, stressful work place – whether a hospital or practice setting.

'Dedicating their time to helping others, while putting their own needs to one side, doctors can often find it difficult to admit they have a problem, to their colleagues or even to their own family. Often they are concerned that admitting they have a problem will impact upon their fitness to practise.

‘The portal will offer an effective way to attract those who are in distress and have a real need for financial help and money advice.’

In 2016, the five charities supported doctors and their dependent families with charitable grants and loans totalling over £1.3m.

GPs can access the portal here.

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