Financial Assistance

Our financial assistance provides grants to support mental or physical quality of life. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, we can also support you to receive specialist debt and benefits advice. If you are unsure whether an application for financial assistance is the best route, you can contact us to find out about what other support might be available.

The following financial assistance is available:

Support for pharmacists, former pharmacists and their dependents

Help with a specific one-off cost, for example, an unexpected winter fuel bill or essential minor household repair.

Assistance to support mental or physical quality of life, for example, for respite care, therapy or the purchase of an aid or adaptation.

Support for trainees

Trainees facing unexpected hardship can apply for up to £3,000 during their GPhC approved placement, or whilst waiting to sit the assessment (evidence of application to sit is required).

Student hardship grant

Students can be awarded a grant of up to £1,500 per academic year if experiencing unexpected hardship due to unforeseen circumstances, such as ill health, bereavement or loss of income. Payments cannot be made towards tuition fees.

Pharmacist Support’s National Student Bursary Scheme

Once a year the charity opens it national bursary scheme to all fully accredited pharmacy schools in Great Britain.

3rd or 4th year (if undertaking a 5 year degree) MPharm students facing unexpected adversity can apply and successful applicants can receive a bursary of either £3,000 or £5,000.

To apply students must demonstrate financial hardship, outstanding and exceptional qualities to overcome an ongoing adversity, an endorsed expectation by their university of a positive contribution to pharmacy in Great Britain and sound academic performance.

Any grant provided by the Charity is done so at the discretion of the Charity’s Trustees and there is no statutory or other right for an individual to receive a grant.

COVID-19 financial assistance and advice

If you are currently experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID19, please check out the guidance below. Should you require urgent financial assistance, get in touch so that we can help you assess whether an application for financial assistance is the best route and discuss what other support might be available to you.

Financial Advice

Our partners at Manchester Citizens Advice have put together some useful guidance on the benefits & financial support you may be able to access during this challenging period.

If you’ve been affected by coronavirus, you might be able to claim benefits or get more money on your current benefits.

  • For guidance on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), options for if you’re self-employed or can’t claim SSP, CLICK HERE
  • For guidance on what to do if your employer has told you not to work/you have been ‘furloughed’, or if you were made redundant, CLICK HERE
  • For guidance on your rights to sick pay if you get coronavirus, CLICK HERE

If you’re not a UK citizen, you might still be able to claim benefits – check the rules for the benefit you want to apply for HERE

Managing your bills

There are things you can do if you’re struggling to pay for things like your rent, mortgage or energy bills because of coronavirus. For guidance on dealing with rent arrears, eviction processes, mortgage holidays and bill payments, CLICK HERE

This might include:-

  • help with a specific one off cost, for example, an unexpected winter fuel bill or essential minor household repair
  • assistance to support mental or physical quality of life, for example, for respite care, therapy or the purchase of an aid or adaptation
  • support for people struggling to manage on a very low income, for example, a top up towards care home fees or help for a pharmacist unable to work because of illness
  • student hardship – a one-off payment of up to £1,500 per academic year can be made to students facing unexpected hardship, due to unforeseen circumstances such as ill health, bereavement or loss of income. Payments cannot be made towards tuition fees.

“From a single telephone call to Pharmacist Support when i was feeling extremely low, there has been a ripple effect in terms of the support and advice I have received.”