Select location
Membership information
0800 561 9000
Medicolegal advice
0800 561 9090
Menu
Refine my search

Thinking about private practice?

As an NHS consultant or specialty trainee thinking about starting in private practice, there are lots of things you need to consider before making the move. But don’t let that put you off becoming a private doctor.

We understand the challenges you face, and we want to help you to feel confident moving into a new field.

If you are setting up or moving into private practice, you will need affordable protection from a provider you can trust. Get the protection your career deserves and the support you need.

 

Private Practice guidance

Medical Protection, in partnership with specialist medical accountants Sandison Easson, has put together a set of guides with the information you need to set you on the path to a new future in private practice.

SE logo transparent 240px
Articles and features 14/04/2022

Trading structure

Trading structure

Time to read article: 4 mins
Close Preview

When starting in private practice, how you are structured for tax purposes is an extremely important decision. Picking the most appropriate trading structure for your individual circumstances will ensure you are tax efficient and maximise the return on your hard efforts. This article looks at the more common trade structures adopted for private work.

Read more

Article contains

Articles and features 13/04/2022

Running a business

Running a business

Time to read article: 5 mins
Close Preview

One of the main factors to consider when you start out in private practice is that you are running a business. It sounds obvious, but with little or no financial training it is easy to fall into the trap of not running your private practice like a business, and this almost always leads to financial loss. The second article in this series looks at the practical steps required to run your private practice as a business.

Read more

Article contains

Articles and features 01/11/2020

Starting private practice

Starting private practice

Time to read article: 4 mins
Close Preview

It is never too early to be thinking of whether you will undertake private work when you have secured your substantive consultant post. This is the first in a six-part guide to starting out in private practice to help you to hit the ground running when the time comes.

Read more

Article contains

Coming soon: The tax system explained

Coming soon: Tax related pensions considerations

How Medical Protection can help

If you do take the leap into private practice, a key relationship will be with your medical defence provider. Being a member of Medical Protection means you have the support you need to safely grow your private practice into a successful business.

NHS indemnity schemes understandably don’t cover private work, so it’s essential that as a private practitioner you have adequate indemnity.

Medical Protection membership provides protection and more, with benefits including:

  • the right to request advice and legal representation for coroner's inquests, disciplinary and regulatory proceedings, and criminal investigations related to your professional practice
  • the right to request indemnity for clinical negligence claims and Good Samaritan acts worldwide
  • a medicolegal advice line, including out of hours emergency support 24/7. Calling won’t increase the price you pay
  • help responding to and resolving patient complaints.

Plus, you’re off to a flying start with protection for private work if you’re a speciality trainee member with earnings of up to £10k.

Advice from our experts


You’re busy and we know it is a challenge to fit in training and development. Our online resources are full of private practice advice and tips from our experts, and can be accessed at a time and place to suit you:

Articles and features 17/05/2022

Confronting fears of openness

Confronting fears of openness

Time to read article: 6 mins
Close Preview

Talking to patients when something goes wrong is a skill that will constantly develop throughout your clinical career. Medical Protection outlines what to do when a patient safety incident occurs.

Read more

Article contains

Articles and features 09/05/2022

Uncovering product liability pitfalls

Uncovering product liability pitfalls

Time to read article: 3 mins
Close Preview

Introducing product liability into a clinical negligence claim can add extra intricacy to a case. Medical Protection discusses how this might affect the involved clinician.

Read more

Article contains

Articles and features 09/05/2022

Conducting private work in the NHS

Conducting private work in the NHS

Time to read article: 5 mins
Close Preview

Medical Protection outlines how private practice works in conjunction with working in the NHS

Read more

Article contains

Articles and features 07/04/2022

Dealing with media enquiries about your patients

Dealing with media enquiries about your patients

Time to read article: 1 mins
Close Preview

Not only is it important to be well equipped to deal with the challenges and pitfalls that might arise unexpectedly, but also to be prepared to speak to the press or deal with media enquiries following a patient’s treatment.

Read more

Article contains

Tagged in...

Articles and features 07/04/2022

Risky Business: When patients ignore the risks

Risky Business: When patients ignore the risks

Time to read article: 4 mins
Close Preview

Dr Gabrielle Pendlebury, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, advises on how best to manage a scenario where a patient doesn’t want to know the risks

Read more

Article contains

Tagged in...

Articles and features 07/04/2022

Consent and alternative treatment options

Consent and alternative treatment options

Time to read article: 5 mins
Close Preview

High profile cases have put the spotlight on the consent process and clinicians are increasingly aware of the risks; however, Medical Protection data shows a number of claims alleging that a clinician failed to explain alternative treatment options. Dr Emma Green, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks at the case law surrounding therapeutic options, GMC guidance on consent, and how these impact on the information provided to patients during the consent process.

Read more

Article contains

Tagged in...

Articles and features 07/04/2022

The eight principles of person-centred care

The eight principles of person-centred care

Time to read article: 3 mins
Close Preview

Time to refresh yourself on the eight core pillars of person-centred care.

Read more

Article contains

Articles and features 16/03/2022

Junior consultants moving to the private sector

Junior consultants moving to the private sector

Time to read article: 4 mins
Close Preview

Here are some frequently asked questions about making the big move into private practice, answered by Medicolegal Consultant, Dr Karen Ellison.

Read more

Article contains

Articles and features 16/03/2022

Great communication skills can lower risk of malpractice

Great communication skills can lower risk of malpractice

Time to read article: 5 mins
Close Preview

Edward Leigh of The Center for Healthcare Communication argues that good communication with your patients has the potential to lower the chance of malpractice claims - even when mistakes are made.

Read more

Article contains

Tagged in...

Articles and features 16/03/2022

Managing timetable conflicts

Managing timetable conflicts

Time to read article: 3 mins
Close Preview

Some difficult scenarios can sometimes arise when a clinician works both in the NHS and in a private capacity. Dr Heidi Mounsey, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks at one potential scenario and offers some guidance.

Read more

Article contains

Tagged in...

Articles and features 16/03/2022

Reducing the risks that come with remote handovers

Reducing the risks that come with remote handovers

Time to read article: 5 mins
Close Preview

Communication between clinicians during a patient handover is a known point of medicolegal risk. Dr Sarah Coope, Senior Medical Educator at Medical Protection, looks at how gaps in information, misunderstandings and assumptions can increase the risk of errors, conflict and complaints.

Read more

Article contains

Tagged in...

 
 
New site feature tour

Introducing an improved
online experience

You'll notice a few things have changed on our website. After asking our members what they want in an online platform, we've made it easier to access our membership benefits and created a more personalised user experience.

Why not take our quick 60-second tour? We'll show you how it all works and it should only take a minute.

Take the tour Continue to site

Medicolegal advice
0800 561 9090
Membership information
0800 561 9000

Key contact details

Should you need to contact us, our phone numbers are always visible.

Personalise your search

We'll save your profession in the "I am a..." dropdown filter for next time.

Tour completed

Now you've seen all of the updated features, it's time for you to try them out.

Continue to site
Take again