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Giving you the support the NHS can't

Post date: 30/06/2017 | Time to read article: 1 mins

The information within this article was correct at the time of publishing. Last updated 14/11/2018

As a doctor working in an NHS hospital, you are covered by NHS indemnity for clinical negligence claims arising from your NHS hospital practice. However, many doctors do not realise there are situations where this does not apply, so you need to make sure you have additional protection.

NHS indemnity will only cover the financial consequences of a claim for clinical negligence from your NHS hospital practice. It will not protect you from some of the other professional threats you may face. For example, NHS indemnity does not provide:

  • advice and representation for regulatory council inquiries arising from health, performance and professional conduct
  • assistance through employers' disciplinary proceedings
  • legal representation for police investigation of potential criminal charges arising from your clinical practice, such as assault
  • cover for Good Samaritans acts

Filling the gaps left by NHS indemnity

MPS membership offers you access to a wide range of benefits of membership and personal support that you would not normally receive from NHS indemnity.

Indemnity MPS member benefit NHS indemnity
Access to indemnity for Good Samaritan Acts Yes No
Access to indemnity for claims arising from non-specialist unidemnified practice up to £7,500 pa (subject to nature of work) Yes No
Access to indemnity for claims arising from some fee-paying services, such as insurance and medical reports Yes No


Support and advice MPS member benefit NHS indemnity
24-hour telephone advice, available when you need it to assist with any legal and ethical dilemmas Yes No
Support in responding to an investigation by the GMC and representation at a hearing Yes No
Support and advice with NCAS investigations Yes No
Support and representation for NHS trust disciplinary hearings Yes No
Help to prepare responses to complaints from patients Yes No
Support with fitness to practice decisions that the Professional Standards Authority refer to the high court Yes
Support with criminal investigations and proceedings arising from clinical practice (e.g. manslaughter) Yes No
Support with report writing and representation in a Coroner's Court, or a Fatal Accident Inquiry Yes No
Support with media relations, by preparing statements and acting as a spokesperson for you Yes No

Once you have joined, you will have access to the full range of Education as a benefit of membership:

Communication skills workshops
Online learning
Intensive courses

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