FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We are often asked about the benefits of Medical Protection membership and how we differ from our competitors. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we are asked by medical students:
What is MPS?
20 May 2016
MPS is the world’s leading medical defence organisation, putting members first by providing professional support and expert medicolegal advice throughout their careers. We have more than 300,000 members worldwide.
MPS has been helping doctors who find themselves in medicolegal difficulties since 1892. We are here to help and support members when they need it. We work only for the benefit of our members, and have no external commercial or shareholder interests to distract us.
A recent survey of our members provided the following feedback:
“I have contacted MPS on a number of occasions for general advice and have always been very impressed by the services I received.”
“Very quick responses, clear advice and guidance, a sympathetic ear.”
“Speedy, efficient, courteous, knowledgeable – I have always been impressed by the MPS and my latest enquiry only strengthened my good opinion.”
Why do I need to join MPS?
20 May 2016
All medical practitioners need access to professional indemnity to protect them from the pitfalls of practising.
Any doctor - from those in training up to the most experienced qualified doctor - may find themselves the subject of a complaint, investigation by the GMC, or disciplinary action by their employer. It is therefore essential that they have their own protection in place through membership of a specialist organisation such as MPS.
MPS membership can provide you with the support you need from your first day at medical school to the day you graduate, and throughout your career.
MPS helps doctors with the legal and ethical problems that arise from their professional practice. Members turn to us for help with a wide range of professional queries and problems. They get immediate access to advice from a team of doctors and lawyers who are specialists in the legal aspects of medicine. We provide:
Telephone advisory service available 24/7
- Specialist legal advice and representation
- Complaints handling service
- Help with writing reports
- Quality service for all members.
Remember, MPS is not only here for you when things go wrong. We have a whole host of educational benefits that will help and support you through your studies.
I am working in secondary care and have NHS indemnity. Do I need MPS membership too?
17 September 2014
Yes you do. NHS indemnity only protects you from claims relating to clinical negligence, but we know from years of experience that at any stage in your career you could need help with many other issues which NHS indemnity does not cover. One single clinical incident may give rise to a number of medicolegal problems including:
- Disciplinary action – GMC procedures
- Ombudsman inquiry
- Coroner’s inquest
- Criminal investigation arising from your clinical practice
- Press and media enquiries.
You can turn to MPS for help and guidance with any of these problems.
How early can I renew my membership for my F1 year?
Can I request a speaker to give a teaching session for a group of Junior Doctors?
17 September 2014
Yes, we always try to accommodate any requests for speakers for a teaching session.
MPS fully recognises the value of education and training. We aim to help avoid problems, improve patient outcomes, increase personal satisfaction and ultimately reduce stress.
We have developed a series of free medicolegal talks to provide support and guidance to foundation doctors. These one hour sessions can be delivered as part of the teaching programme. They are extremely interactive and include discussion of real-life case scenarios.
The sessions currently available include:
- Medical Records
- Professionalism and accountability
These talks are delivered by our specialist team of Regional Membership Co-ordinators with the expert guidance of MPS Medicolegal Advisers.
We provide all delegates with an e-certificate which can be included in their e-Portfolio to support the completion of the Foundation Programme core competencies.
For more information or to book a free talk, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have a team of medicolegal advisers who deliver lectures at both national and local events on legal and ethical issues of importance to junior doctors. These can be tailored to your requirements for seminars, conferences or departmental meetings.
To arrange a speaker for your event simply complete the online form with all the details and we will do our best to help you.
What is the definition of a Good Samaritan act?
17 June 2016
Medical Protection defines a Good Samaritan act as 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, eg, assisting a fellow spectator at an event.
For doctors, ignoring such a predicament is never an option. When called into action while off duty, you must remember to make a full clinical record after treatment. There will be millions of people at the Games and, in this scenario, you must assess your own competence in handling the situation – eg, you may be under the influence of alcohol – and proceed accordingly.
Only intervene if the situation is an emergency. Any situation that is beyond your competence may still benefit from your input, to a degree. For example, you can use your clinical skills to take a history, make an examination to reach a preliminary assessment, and give an indication of the likely differential diagnosis. You can also suggest options for the management of the situation pending arrival of support.
In the unlikely event that legal proceedings follow, members would be entitled to apply for assistance, no matter which country the legal proceedings are commenced in, which is important as many spectators will be drawn from around the world.
Is indemnity provided to medical students who have volunteered to work as the NHS winter crisis worsens?
16 January 2018
Nick Clements, Head of Risk and Underwriting Policy at Medical Protection, said:
“Any work undertaken by medical students within the NHS should be indemnified by the NHS.
“In General Practice, Medical Protection considers the supervision of medical students on a placement to be the responsibility of the practice partners. They should ensure that students are working within their scope, are appropriately supervised at all times, and that responsibility for clinical consultations, decisions and treatment is retained by supervising practitioners irrespective of the involvement of students.
“While a student member of Medical Protection can request assistance with a claim directed at them personally, any claims are usually made against the qualified supervising practitioner. Medical Protection members can request assistance for incidents involving a medical student they are supervising.”
WANT TO FIND OUT MORE?
If you have a question which is not listed above, or you just want to find out more about MPS membership, you can call the student helpdesk on 0800 952 0442, or email email@example.com. Calls to Membership Services may be recorded for monitoring and training purposes.
Alternatively, you can write to:
Medical Protection Society
2 Victoria Place