Following the introduction of clinical negligence schemes for general practice in England and Wales, the state now provides indemnity for claims related to the provision of NHS primary medical services. Medical Protection membership continues to provide comprehensive protection for circumstances not covered by the scheme, and the right to request indemnity for claims which are outside the scope of state indemnity if you have an appropriate Claims Protection membership for this work.
For GPs, your Professional Protection membership subscription is based on your role (GP, salaried GP, partner, locum), the number of sessions or hours you work and whether you undertake any higher risk activities.
For nurses and Allied Healthcare Professionals, your Professional Protection membership is based on whether you work full or part time.
If you undertake work that is outside the scope of state indemnity schemes you should add Claims Protection to your membership. This gives you the right to request indemnity and assistance with clinical negligence claims arising from this work.
Please ensure your Claims Protection membership reflects the appropriate level of risk for activities you undertake which are outside the scope of state indemnity schemes and need indemnifying.
1 To reflect that certain activities within general practice carry a lower risk, this new risk category is available from 1 April 2021 for members who only carry out the listed activities.
2 If you are undertaking remote consultations with patients you would normally see face-to-face due to COVID-19 you don’t need to inform us or update your membership if this is the only reason you would be in a higher risk category. Find out more about COVID-19 guidance.
Please note that for your Professional Protection membership your risk category relates only to activities you do not require indemnity for because they are covered by the state indemnity schemes e.g. treating NHS patients under an NHS contract. Your risk category could be different for your Professional Protection and Claims Protection memberships.
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