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Weʼre raising £7,000 to support The Tom Donaldson Charitable Trust - Trust me, I will be a doctor.

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About Tom's Trust

‘Trust me, I will be a Doctor’ was set up in 2018 in memory of Tom Donaldson, a newly qualified doctor from Derbyshire. Having completed his final exams at the University of Manchester, Tom was on his elective in New Zealand in February 2009 when he died following an accident that resulted in a head injury. Aged just 23, Tom would have helped hundreds of people as a doctor, but did not have the chance to make that happen. In Tom’s memory, this Trust will support other young people to achieve their dream of becoming a doctor and help the people Tom dreamed of reaching.

Specifically, this Trust will support young people from low-income backgrounds in their applications to study Medicine at university, by providing small grants and raising awareness of the work experience opportunities available.

The need

Research in the UK shows that young people from disadvantaged low-income backgrounds face major barriers when pursuing their interest in a medical degree and career. Research by the Social Mobility Commission found that medicine is dominated by those from advantaged backgrounds: 73% of doctors are from professional and managerial backgrounds and less than 6% are from working-class backgrounds. Most university medical students are privately educated or hail from privileged backgrounds (individuals with professional or managerial parents). Research by the British Medical Association (BMA) in 2015 found that 20% of secondary schools in the UK provide 80% of all applicants to medicine. Thousands of disadvantaged students are being restricted from reaching their potential and the demographic of the UK’s medical profession does not mirror the population it serves.

Research by the BMA shows that low income students struggle to get into medical school for many reasons: the schools they attend do not offer the required subjects at A Level; their school does not know how to or cannot afford to support medical school applications; students themselves do not know how to obtain the work experience that is pivotal in securing their place in medical school; their parents do not have the contacts to secure their work experience; and pupils lack the resources needed to participate in work experience (for example, travel costs, buying professional attire, daily subsistence whilst on placement).

Universities now have widening participation and outreach schemes in place to attempt to tackle these issues. A 2009 report found that despite these schemes, there was no change in the socio-economic background of doctors between the 1980s and mid-2000s. However, a 2018 news report reported on the success of “gateway” courses, medical degrees that start with a foundation year, designed to help students who may have faced additional barriers due to their backgrounds.

A 2015 ‘Selecting for Excellence’ report recommends the NHS expand the provision of work experience for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, with steps including advertising work experience opportunities openly and prioritising applications from those eligible for free school meals, as well as providing reasonable travel expenses. The Tom Donaldson Charitable Trust aims to help meet this expansion and support more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to get into medical school.

Projects supported by the Trust

The Tom Donaldson Charitable Trust works with the Widening Access to Medical School (WAMS) team at the University of Nottingham to support young people from low-income backgrounds in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire in their applications to study medicine at university. WAMS are a group of medical students from the University of Nottingham who are passionate about helping pupils from diverse backgrounds who have an interest in a career in medicine.

We support WAMS to undertake the following activities:

• Schools Officers from WAMS visit 2-3 schools every month in Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. The schools WAMS work with meet particular criteria to ensure they reach those students most in need of information and practical experience to support their medical school applications. During these visits, the Schools Officers hold presentations on applying to medical school, including the UKCAT and BMAT admissions tests, help students with personal statements and interview preparation, and hold clinical skills sessions, giving students an insight into the world of medicine and a talking-point for medical school interviews.

• Derbyshire-based students are able to participate in the week-long work experience organised by WAMS at the QMC and/or City Hospital in Nottingham in July each year. The week includes a mixture of classroom-based sessions, skills teaching and practical exposure to wards and theatres. Derbyshire-based students are able to apply directly to the Trust for funding to cover travel and lunch expenses that will be incurred during the week of work experience.

• Each autumn, WAMS holds ‘Dr for The Day’, a one-day event which allows 20-30 students to experience a medical simulation centre at the QMC in which they will learn a range of practical skills including laparoscopic trainers, ultrasound and endoscopy simulations.

As well as working with WAMS, The Tom Donaldson Charitable Trust supports a student from the University of Nottingham’s Medicine with a Foundation Year programme to travel to Malaysia to study a module in tropical medicine. Students on the Foundation programme come from neighbourhoods in the UK that are less advantaged in terms of income, education and other factors. In 2019, the student we supported said that "Most importantly, studying this module has developed my medical and clinical knowledge. Being able to experience Medicine in a totally different healthcare setting has given me a global view of healthcare and how I can contribute positively to that. All of these experiences will allow me to be a better medical student and a more informed, skilled and well-rounded doctor."

Through these activities, The Tom Donaldson Charitable Trust, WAMS and the University of Nottingham aim to provide information and practical experience to students wishing to apply to medical school who would otherwise struggle to access it, thereby strengthening their applications. On a local level, we will be making our own, small contribution to breaking down the barriers that restrict thousands of disadvantaged students from reaching their potential and mean the demographic of the UK’s medical profession does not mirror the population it serves.

We aim to continue these partnerships and expand our support year on year so this page is always open for donations.

Marathon fundraising in 2020

In April 2020, Tom's sister, Freya Donaldson, and close family friend, Ali Farrell, will be running the Paris Marathon. Later in the month, Keith Anderson, who has been friends with Tom's dad Mike for many years, will be running the London Marathon. We are grateful that all three will be running and raising funds for The Tom Donaldson Charitable Trust. You can very kindly sponsor them using this page.

Many thanks for reading and for your support!

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  • Lauren Donaldson1 year ago
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    Lauren Donaldson

    1 year ago

    This summer we supported Afra, a student from the University of Nottingham’s Medicine with a Foundation Year programme, to travel to Malaysia to study a module in tropical medicine. She said, "studying this module has developed my medical and clinical knowledge. Being able to experience Medicine in a totally different healthcare setting has given me a global view of healthcare and how I can contribute positively to that. All of these experiences will allow me to be a better medical student and a more informed, skilled and well-rounded doctor."

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153

  • Paula

    Paula

    Aug 31, 2020

    Best wishes for all your good work in memory of your brother Tom, Lauren. Xx

    £20.00

  • Brady Braddock

    Brady Braddock

    Apr 21, 2020

    From all at BSA Today magazine! God Bless you Tom x

    £100.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Mar 11, 2020

    Good luck Freya!!

    £20.00

  • Stella Nmecha

    Stella Nmecha

    Mar 9, 2020

    Good cause ...

    £10.00

  • Phyl

    Phyl

    Mar 5, 2020

    Fantastic scheme Freya - hope you enjoy the Marathon!

  • Rosie Ferguson

    Rosie Ferguson

    Mar 5, 2020

    Good luck Freya! an amazing thing to do x

    £10.00

  • Jennifer Hill

    Jennifer Hill

    Mar 4, 2020

    Good luck Freya - you are an inspiration!

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