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Medicolegal advice 1800 936 077

When you choose Medical Protection membership, you are choosing a defence organisation that puts you first.


As a member-owned, not-for-profit organisation, we exist purely to support your professional interests and protect your finances, career and reputation from legal claims and complaints.

We’ve protected members in Ireland for more than 100 years and have extensive experience of dealing with clinical negligence claims, the healthcare landscape and common medicolegal issues in Ireland.

Discretionary support that thinks on its feet


Our discretionary approach to providing assistance is not about being able to say no. It’s about having the flexibility to ask, ‘How can we help?’

Discretion allows us to treat each case on its individual merit, providing flexibility for a wider range of situations, especially those with unforeseen or unusual circumstances.

Unlike some other organisations, discretion allows us to assess claims and complaints when new issues and risks arise in healthcare and consider where we can support you.

Our experienced medicolegal consultants and specialist solicitors can use their judgement and expertise to help you, without being restricted by small print, caps or exclusion clauses.

Who can apply?

Practice nurses and nurse practitioners who are employed by a Medical Protection member (or their practice) can apply for membership of Medical Protection. 

Why is professional protection for practice nurses important?

If you as a GP employ a practice nurse you must ensure the nurse has appropriate and adequate professional protection for their own acts and omissions. The benefits of GP membership of Medical Protection do not include protection for your vicarious liability for the nurse.

Benefits of membership

At Medical Protection, our focus is on putting you first and providing protection that goes further. Our protection is not limited to patient claims, and our team are here to offer advice for any eventuality your career may face. 
 

Advice and legal representation

The right to request advice and legal representation for coroner's inquests, disciplinary and regulatory proceedings and criminal investigations related to your professional practice

Clinical negligence

The right to request indemnity for clinical negligence claims and Good Samaritan acts worldwide

Complaints support

Help responding to and resolving patient complaints with a team of medicolegal experts on call to assist you, including with writing letters and reports

Medicolegal advice

Medicolegal advice line including out of hours emergency support 24/7 

Expert legal team

Access to a dedicated expert legal team which may include clinical negligence solicitors, medicolegal consultants and professional claims managers

Professional development workshops and online courses

Workshops, online courses and webinars with accredited CPD to develop your communication and risk management skills

 

Risk management resources

With a huge range of CPD included in your membership, you can access a whole host of guidance and training online to reduce/minimise any potential risks or issues, along with a selection of publications and case reports

Confidential counselling service

Access to our confidential counselling service to support you through stressful situations relating to your work or personal life that you feel could impact your practice

 

Help with unwanted media attention

Expert support including preparing statements and responding to the media on your behalf

 

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Out of hours

Nurses working in urgent or out of hours care should contact the Membership Service Centre to discuss their application.

Midwives

Medical Protection does not provide membership for the provision of midwifery services. However, membership does extend to practice nurses participating in basic antenatal care including weight measuring, blood pressure and urinalysis.

Medical Protection membership does not extend to practice nurses undertaking the assessment of foetal growth, presentation, viability or scanning.

 
If you have any questions about your application please refer to our
online quote questions and answers and information for applicants.

Important information

Please allow around 20 minutes to complete your online quote. You can save your quote and return to complete your application at any time for up to 30 days.

If you have previously been a member, your membership number will also be required. If you cannot locate your membership number please call member services on 1800 932 916.

What you will need to complete your quote:

  • How many sessions you work per week
  • How many weeks you work per year
  • The full address and Eircode of your practice location
  • Your scope of practice
  • Your NMBI reference number
  • Your date of primary qualification
  • Your full registration date
  • Practice Partners only – details of any contracted services your practice provides to a third party or institution (eg, providing medical services to a private nursing home)
  • Details of previous indemnifiers, gaps in your professional protection, any previous complaints and claim and case history

A full case history will be required to support your application if you have held indemnity or insurance with any other provider(s) in the last ten years (periods of State indemnity are not required). Please send us your case history from previous indemnifiers within 42 days of your application being accepted. If we do not receive this within 42 days, or if the information doesn’t match your application form, it could lead to your membership being cancelled.

Referred applications

Sometimes we need to check the information you have provided in your application (for example if you have had a claim in the past). This will mean that, at the end of your online application, you will be told that it has been referred. It can take up to five days for this to be investigated, but you application will still be progressing in the meantime and we will aim to get back to you sooner than that wherever possible.

If any of the statements below apply to you please call us on 1800 932 916.

• You are applying for membership for work undertaken in more than one country
• You are applying for membership for both medical and dental work  

Or

• You are a consultant with no registered specialties
• You are an obstetrician, gynaecologist or maxillofacial surgeon
• You are a clinical scientist

Please note, if you have outstanding regulatory, licensing, registration body, criminal or disciplinary investigations your application will not be accepted.

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If you have previously been a member of Medical Protection you will need to log in to your account to proceed. If you have never registered for an online account, you will need your membership number in order to do so. If you cannot locate your membership number please call member services on 1800 932 916.

If any of the statements below apply to you, and you wish to apply for membership or renewal membership please call us on 1800 932 916.

  • You are applying for membership for work undertaken in more than one country
  • You are applying for membership for both medical and dental work
  • You are applying for membership for both a general practitioner and a hospital doctor role

Or

  • You are a consultant with no registered specialties
  • You are an obstetrician, gynaecologist or maxillofacial surgeon
  • You are a clinical scientist

Please note, if you have outstanding regulatory, licensing, registration body, criminal or disciplinary investigations your application will not be accepted.

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