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 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 attendance at inquests.

If these situations happen it can be very distressing and seeking advice and support is essential. The MDU offers exactly this to our members.

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.

F1 year

Foundation gifts

F1 year

F1 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 2021 – 31 March 2022

How your subscription can help medics in need

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How your subscription can help medics in need

There’s no denying it’s been an incredibly tough year for medics across the NHS. That’s why we're working with two charities that support doctors when they need it the most.

Join the MDU for your F1 year and £5 from your £10 F1 subscription will be donated to the Doctors' Support Network and Royal Medical Benevolent Fund.*

Refer a friend and they’ll not only benefit from expert guidance and robust defence from the UK’s leading medical defence organisation, but they’ll also help support fellow medics who need emotional or financial support.*

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*Valid for all FY1 applications received in 2021 for 2021 and 2022 qualifiers.

F2 year

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F2 year

F2 membership is £20* and if you pay by annual Direct Debit you can pick either:

  • Exclusive £20 MDU rate on the Synap online exam revision tool for MRCP Part 1, MRCS Part A or MRCPsych Paper A
  • 100 Diagnostic Dilemmas in Clinical Medicine book

Renewal offer terms and conditions

Click here if you work solely in Scotland.

*Valid 1 April 2021 – 31 March 2022

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.