Build firm foundations while you find your feet

Your first years as a doctor are likely to hold some of the most memorable and challenging experiences of your life. If you face a dilemma, you can call us and speak to a medico-legal adviser.

As well as providing indemnity and support for your professional development, we can help with many types of medico-legal issues, including disciplinary matters relating to your clinical care, responding to complaints and attending inquests.

These situations can be very distressing, and seeking advice and support is essential. We're here for you every step of the way.

Why you should choose the MDU


With you every step of the way

The MDU is here for you, no matter what challenges you face throughout your career.

Find out how we supported an FY2 member when she was invited to attend a coroner's inquest.

What are the benefits?

  • Indemnity for work not covered by NHS indemnity, including Good Samaritan acts.

  • Access to our 24-hour medico-legal advice line, staffed by doctors with experience of the challenges you face.

  • Support and representation for a range of medico-legal issues, including complaints to the GMC, disciplinary hearings and criminal investigations arising from your clinical practice.

  • Access to advice and cautionary tales in the MDU journal and via the MDU app.

  • Support for your professional development including seminars, courses and e-learning, webinars, podcasts and videos.

  • Gifts when joining for FY1 and FY2 when you pay your subscription by annual Direct Debit.

  • Help in the event of unwanted media attention.

Foundation year 1

Foundation gifts

Foundation year 1

FY1 membership is £10* and if you plan to qualify in the next 13 months you can apply now and receive a free gift, choose from either:

  • Oxford Handbook for the Foundation Programme
  • Oxford Handbooks Clinical Tutor Study Cards - Medicine
  • Pocket Prescriber

*Valid 1 April 2023 - 31 March 2024

How your subscription helps medics in need

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How your subscription helps medics in need

There's no denying it's been an incredibly tough year. That's why we're working with the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF), a UK charity that provides advice and support to doctors and medical students in serious hardship.

Join the MDU for your first foundation year and £5 from your £10 FY1 subscription will be donated to RMBF.*

Refer a friend and not only will they benefit from the guidance of the UK's leading medical defence organisation, they will also help raise money for this much-needed service. Please share this message with fellow students.

*Valid for FY1 applications received in 2023 for 2023 and 2024 qualifiers.

Foundation year 2

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Foundation year 2

FY2 membership is £20* and if you pay by annual Direct Debit you can pick either:

  • 100 Diagnostic Dilemmas in Clinical Medicine book
  • £10 Amazon eGift.

Renewal offer terms and conditions

Click here if you work solely in Scotland.

*Valid 1 April 2023 - 31 March 2024

Becoming a member

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Complete your application

Simply fill out our foundation doctor application form.

The MDU is a support service I wouldn't think twice about getting when you start as an F1. There have been some difficult situations where the 24/7 support has honestly been a saviour and a port of call for sound advice. If there's any subscription to get, it's MDU - they'll protect you throughout your career”

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Frequently asked questions

Why do I need indemnity?

The GMC requires you, as a doctor, to have adequate indemnity in place so that your patients will not be disadvantaged if they make a claim about the clinical care you’ve provided. Doctors need to be indemnified for claims at all times including for work done in the past whether working privately or within the NHS.

What is ‘occurrence based’ indemnity?

The benefits we provide to foundation doctors are on an occurrence basis, which means you can ask for our assistance as long as you are, or were, a member at the time the incident happened. This applies if you’re no longer a member or have stopped practising.

I’m an NHS employed doctor, do I need to have additional indemnity?

If you work for an NHS body (or the HSC in Northern Ireland) the organisation you work for will have NHS indemnity via a clinical negligence scheme. You should have additional indemnity for clinical work which isn’t included in NHS indemnity, for example, providing medico-legal reports and signing cremation certificates.

MDU membership also provides access to support for many other medico-legal issues arising from clinical practice that are not covered by NHS indemnity, such as, attendance at inquests, complaints to the GMC, disciplinary matters related to clinical care, and help with unwanted media attention.