Benefits of membership
Our whole ethos is focused on putting your needs first. Every day we help members deal with difficult issues arising from their clinical practice, whether they be regulators challenging their professional competence, or patients making complaints or claims for clinical negligence. Just as you do with your own patients, we can provide expertise, reassurance and support to help you through the relevant processes and see things to a resolution.
MPS is not an insurance company. All the benefits of membership of MPS are discretionary as set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association.
Medical Protection indemnity and representation
You have the right to request assistance with any action, proceeding, claim or demand arising from your professional practice including:
Claims of clinical negligence
When we take on a claim, we can manage it from first notification to conclusion, and can take care of all the legal costs and compensation payments for members.
We can provide advice and legal representation for regulatory council inquiries arising from health, performance, and professional conduct. We can help you from the outset, whether it be drafting a letter in response to a GMC inquiry or providing world-class legal representation at a full hearing.
Disciplinary proceedings relating to your clinical practice
We can provide advice and representation if you face allegations arising from the provision of clinical care to patients, concerning your professional conduct, competence and performance, or in relation to health problems that are having a significant effect on your clinical performance.
Inquests and inquiries
We can help you prepare a report for the coroner (or procurator fiscal in Scotland) and advise you on how to conduct yourself at the inquest or Fatal Accident Inquiry. If necessary, we can arrange for legal representation on your behalf.
We can help if you become the subject of criminal investigations that arise directly from your provision of clinical care to patients. This includes investigation or prosecution for gross negligence manslaughter. We can also help if you face an allegation of indecent or sexual assault – if that arises from your bona fide clinical practice. It is unlikely that we would assist where the allegations arise from personal conduct.
Indemnity for Good Samaritan acts
A Good Samaritan act is one in which medical assistance is given, free of charge, in a bona fide medical emergency upon which you may chance, in a personal as opposed to a professional capacity. Examples include roadside accidents and emergencies at public events you attend as a spectator.
In the unlikely event that legal proceedings follow, you would be entitled to ask for assistance, no matter in which country the legal proceedings are commenced.
Handling media attention
If you attract adverse publicity, we can issue press statements and act as spokesperson to the media to shield you as far as possible from having to deal directly with the press.
Medicolegal advisory service
You can phone or email us for advice to help resolve the many dilemmas that can arise from everyday practice. Our medicolegal advisers respond to more than 25,000 telephone calls a year. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for urgent advice.
We can help you formulate a response to a complaint and assist and support you through to its resolution. We can work with you to look at why complaints arise and how to minimise the risks of recurrence.
Counselling and support
We offer access to a 24/7 counselling service if you are suffering from stress and anxiety as a result of situations such as complaints, claims, or disciplinary or GMC hearings. It is an independent service tailored to your requirements and delivered by fully trained, qualified and registered psychologists and counsellors. The service is entirely independent and confidential – MPS is not informed of the details of consultations – and accessing the service is via the relevant medicolegal case handler, who will be able to provide the service’s freephone number.
Working in another country
MPS has members in many countries around the world and you may be able to continue to benefit from MPS membership if you decide to work overseas. Please check with our Membership Helpline on 0800 561 9000 before travelling, to ensure that you have appropriate indemnity arrangements in place. This is particularly important because some countries – for example, Australia and Germany – have a legal requirement that all healthcare practitioners have insurance-based indemnity.
Risk management support and publications
MPS is committed to helping you avoid problems and provide the best care for patients – and we strongly believe in the preventative value of education and risk management. MPS has a wealth of experience and expertise in helping doctors and other healthcare professionals with ethical and legal problems, and in reducing the risks that arise from your practice.
This provides a unique insight into the reasons why things go wrong and why complaints and litigation occur, and what can be done to reduce this. MPS facilitates risk assessments in clinical settings and delivers accredited courses in risk management, while also offering a range of workshops designed specifically for healthcare professionals.
The educational programmes available are based on more than 120 years’ experience and expertise in this field, and include courses and other programmes covering:
- Good medical practice
- Communication skills
- Medical record keeping.
As an MPS member you also have access to our E-learning website, Prism, which contains a series of interactive courses and assessments for doctors at all levels.
MPS produces a range of serial publications and tailored e-newsletters to meet members’ needs, whether you are a newly-qualified doctor, consultant, or GP. Casebook is our flagship journal that promotes safer practice through in-depth medicolegal and ethics based articles, and case reports based on real MPS cases.
Membership of MPS means that you will also receive regular e-newsletters to provide up-to-date medicolegal developments. You can also access our growing range of podcasts, which feature interviews with MPS medicolegal advisers on key topics and also prominent figures from the field of medicine.
Each year, MPS hosts a range of conferences for different audiences at various locations throughout the UK. Attendance is heavily discounted for MPS members. As with our publications, our conferences are tailored to ensure there is something for everyone, offering plenary sessions, workshops and interactive learning.