When you need defending, we’re on your side

Successfully manage medico-legal challenges and get the expert guidance you need to practise with confidence. Consult our advisory helpline day or night on complex areas like consent and capacity.

Make sure you’re prepared for the challenges ahead. Organise free on-site medico-legal training for you and your team, including attendance certificates for revalidation purposes.

Our members can also earn free online CPD and book useful courses on preparing for your first consultant role and setting up in independent practice. When you need support, we’re here for you.

Why you should choose the MDU

What are the benefits?

  • Robust defence of your professional reputation if you face a GMC, trust or disciplinary hearing.
  • Professional medical indemnity that meets GMC requirements, pays your legal costs and compensates patients if you face a claim.
  • Round-the-clock press office support if you’re involved in high profile cases.
  • Evidence for revalidation with MDU courses, webinars and online learning.
  • Stay up to date with case studies, ethical dilemmas and the MDU journal.

Becoming a member

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Get a quote

Request a quote first to find out how much your subscription will be. Within a few working days, we’ll email you an application pack, including your quote.

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Complete your application

Once you’re happy to proceed, you’ll need to complete an application form.

If you are going through a claim, as I did, you need to know somebody is immediately available when you call, that they can locate your file quickly and that their advice is sensible and reliable. The MDU does all this, and on top of that, you get genuine personal support. In a time of real crisis, that’s invaluable.”

General practitioner

My experience of the MDU is that it just takes one phone call and things start to happen. I had a stalker who followed me at work, but when they began to write to me at home, I felt very threatened. I didn’t sleep for days. Then I talked to an MDU adviser, and within a few hours a plan was in place to resolve the situation. It was a huge relief.”

Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist

Frequently asked questions

What if COVID-19 has affected my work?

We understand that these are unprecedented times. That’s why we have put together the resources you need during this difficult time. For information on coronavirus, please visit our COVID-19 resources.

How do I calculate my gross and net annual income?

By gross income, we mean your annual pre-tax earnings from any non-indemnified medical work you do, whether or not you receive any or all of this.

Before calculating your subscription, we allow you to deduct reasonable practice expenses - up to 50% of the gross figure.

Your net income is your annual gross income minus these reasonable practice expenses.

Allowable expenses are the same as those declared in your tax return. They are expenses which are wholly, exclusively and necessarily incurred for the purpose of clinical practice, such as professional fees (eg GMC, MDU subscription), premises costs, payroll costs, etc.

Can I deduct my expenses?

Before calculating your subscription, we allow you to deduct reasonable practice expenses up to 50% of the gross figure.

Allowable expenses are the same as those declared in your tax return.

They are expenses which are wholly, exclusively and necessarily incurred for the purpose of clinical practice such as professional fees (GMC, MDU subscription), premises costs, payroll costs etc.

 
How long will it take to process my application?

Everyone’s application is unique to their work circumstances.

It’s best to start the application process around four weeks before your current indemnity ends. This will allow plenty of time for your current provider to give you a letter of good standing, if needed.

We’ll keep you regularly updated by email once we’ve received your application. If we haven’t got everything we need, we’ll be in touch to clarify things.

To avoid any gaps in your indemnity, it’s important you don’t cancel your current indemnity until your MDU membership is confirmed.

Can I start work immediately after I’ve applied?

No. It’s important you wait to hear back from us about your application first. Please call our membership team on 0800 716 376 if you require your membership to start sooner.

What information do I need to complete my membership application?

Depending on your role, please have details about your work, registration, qualifications and indemnity history to hand.

I need help completing my application form. Who do I contact?

We’re always here to help and answer any questions. Call our membership team on 0800 716 376 or connect with your local MDU liaison manager here.