BMA Giving supports doctors during COVID-19

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA.

Location: UK
Published: Tuesday 4 August 2020

The BMA has awarded more than £154,000 to nine charities whose work supports doctors and medical students. This year’s awards have focused on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.   

BMA Giving awards funds to smaller charities particularly those working at grass roots and community level and that align with the BMA’s mission of ‘we look after doctors so they can look after you’.

Dr David Wrigley, deputy chair of BMA Council said the grants would make a real difference to doctors, medical students and their patients.

 ‘The BMA Giving committee is aware of the hardship caused to many by the COVID-19 crisis. One silver lining of the crisis the excellent work undertaken by so many charities to support the health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students. The committee was, as ever, impressed by the range and calibre of the applications for the latest round of grants, and is confident that the money we have been able to award will help charities to make a real difference at this difficult time and into the future.’

‘We are confident that the projects supported by BMA Giving will make a real difference to doctors and medical students, as well as the patients and communities they serve at this difficult time.’

The award winners are:

  • Mind receives £45,000 to support doctors and other NHS staff develop new projects such as resources to reduce the stigma of mental health issues and the adaptation of 999 call handler training.
  • Doctors in Distress receives £25,000 to create a network of facilitated groups to provide medical students and doctor in the UK access to psychological support. Therapeutic spaces, led by skilled facilitators, provide an opportunity for doctors to explore Covid-related moral injury, complaints and errors.
  • Melanin Medics receives £19,500 to establish the ‘Mind Us' project which aims to provide mentorship, clinically led training, and expert support to mitigate the long-term impacts of Covid-19 upon the current and future BAME workforce.
  • Duty to Care Trust receives £15,000 to support doctors and medical students in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The grant will provide wellbeing support via online consultation to improve and sustain the mental health and wellbeing of healthcare professionals.
  • BMA Charities Trust Fund receives £10,000 to support its response to COVID-19. The fund provides assistance to doctors and medical students affected by Covid-19, such a refugee doctors, who are having difficulties funding training or updating their skills in work in the NHS.
  • Body and Soul receives £10,000 to address the psychological and physical impact of Covid-19 among vulnerable young doctors and medical students. The grant will fund places on a 22-week course of dialectic behaviour therapy (DBT), complemented long-term access to casework and legal advocacy, a range of one-to-one talking therapies, a peer led programme of lectures, and a community of young people with similar experiences.
  • Off the Record receives £10,000 to establish ‘Tools to Talk’, a peer-to-peer mental health programme for medical students at Bristol University. Through a peer-led program and therapeutic space, the project will equip 400 medical students with skills and knowledge to develop good mental health with peers, patients and the wider community.
  • Platform for Change receives £10,000 to support the mental health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students affected by Covid-19. The ‘Breathe Counselling Project’ will provide counselling, wellbeing sessions and online resources to doctors and medical students in Wales, and across the UK remotely.
  • Doctors in Distress and BAPIO receive £10,000 to assist future NHS doctors who are stranded due to the GMC cancelling the March PLAB exams needed by doctors who have trained overseas to work in the UK. in March. The project aim is to support stranded doctors financially, emotionally, and address any health and wellbeing concerns; alongside meaningful conversations about their career goals.

See BMA Giving.


Notes to editors

The BMA is a trade union and professional association representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.

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