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Membership for private practice consultants

As a consultant working in private practice you want to make sure you’ve got protection that’s as unique as you are. With the world’s largest medicolegal team and the greatest reserves of any defence organisation, we’re here to protect your finances and your reputation.

With all your protection under one roof – from medicolegal experts to case handlers – you can be confident you’ve got the all-inclusive support you need.

Unlike some other providers, our protection doesn’t stop when you retire or stop practising. You, your family and your estate have the right to request indemnity for future claims arising from any year during which you were a Medical Protection member.

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The right to request
Support in GMC investigations and representation at hearings×
Help in disciplinary proceedings, eg ombudsmen investigations, performers’ list actions×
Assistance with criminal investigations arising from your clinical practice×
Representation and assistance in coroner inquests×
Help responding to patient complaints×
Medicolegal advice line, available 24/7 in an emergency×
Support for managing unwanted media attention×
CPD courses and online learning to help prevent issues arising×

What sets us apart is the range of benefits that can assist and protect you throughout your career, including risk prevention tools and techniques to support your professional development and help you practise more safely. We help you leave nothing to chance.

Benefits of membership

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 (not covered by NHS indemnity) and Good Samaritan acts worldwide

Croner support

Free access to the Croner advice line which provides support with tax and VAT, company law and health and safety support

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

Complaints support

Help responding to and resolving patient complaints

Confidential counselling service

Access to our confidential counselling service to support you through a stressful case or claim

Help with unwanted media attention

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

Discretionary support

Our discretionary approach to providing assistance is not about saying 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 response for members in the COVID-19 crisis is a clear demonstration of that flexibility.

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.

Expert advice from an experienced team

Our medicolegal advice service is there to help with queries and medicolegal emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. With knowledge that understands you and your specialty, whatever your question, problem or dilemma, our team of experts are only ever a phone call away.

Priced for your protection and never for our profit, members are at the heart of everything we do. We don’t have shareholders to pay, so every decision we make is to benefit our membership.

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. You have the right to request assistance with personal conduct matters brought by the GMC.

Group membership from Medical Protection

With a group membership scheme from Medical Protection you get peace of mind from knowing that every consultant member is protected by the world’s leading medical defence organisation.

Positive steps to wellbeing

Mental wellbeing is something we all manage on a day-to-day basis. The pressures and demands you face as a consultant working in private practice can make this challenging – more so now than ever before.

Whether you want to lower your stress levels, sleep better or reduce burnout, we can help you take positive steps to better wellbeing.

We’ve partnered with ICAS International to give you access to immediate practical support. You can download the ECare app for a personalised wellness service and talk one-on-one to a licensed counsellor through a free and confidential service.

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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 us on 0800 561 9000.

What you will need to complete your quote:

  • The full address and postcode of the places you practise
  • Your scope of practice
  • Your GMC reference number
  • Your date of primary qualification
  • Your full registration date
  • Your gross revenue from private work, including any fees, salary, benefits, profit, dividends and bonuses (before expenses)
  • 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 providers 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 your application will still be progressing in the meantime and we will aim to get back to you sooner than that wherever possible.

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