Thank you very much for considering participating in our research project. This research project is being independently conducted by the Research Department for Medical Education (RDME), University College London (UCL) and funded by the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF). The aims of this project are to explore the causes and extent of unmet needs from UK doctors, medical students, and their families in financial hardship and to understand how to improve the effectiveness of the RMBF’s current support. The findings will translate into recommendations for the RMBF to improve their services.

Taking part

Taking part in this study will involve completing a questionnaire which will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.


We will provide you with a certificate of participation for your portfolio and you will be entered in a prize draw to win one of 20 vouchers worth £25. We also hope that you will benefit from knowing you are contributing to improving the RMBF services.


This is an independent study conducted by RDME. Your personal identifiable data will be stored on our secure portal that is specifically suited to safely handle your personal data. We will treat all your data with the highest degree of confidentiality and there will be no way to identify you from your responses in any research output. Your individual responses will not be shared outside of the research team. We will collect and store all data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018.

Right to withdraw

Participating in this study is voluntary. Should you decide not to take part, then you will not be disadvantaged in any way. Because the survey is anonymous and not linked to the consent form you will be able to withdraw only while filling in the questionnaire by closing the internet browser tab with the survey.

Possible risks of taking part

We will ask you some demographic characteristics (like ethnicity). We will also ask about your experiences of financial difficulties and seeking support. It is always possible that thinking about your personal experiences may bring up issues that you find difficult or distressing. If this is the case, please consult the list of resources on the information sheet.

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