We listen when you need to be heard

As doctors ourselves, we know that all GPs need the expert support and guidance that MDU membership provides.

In addition to expert medico-legal advice, we can offer GPs and the wider team a range of educational resources such as online learning and face to face courses. If you're part of our group scheme GROUPCARE, you can enjoy a host of extra benefits including free practice-based seminars and access to a 24-hour employment law advice line.

Following the introduction of state-backed indemnity for GPs in England and Wales, MDU membership is provided on an occurrence basis for GPs in England and Wales when renewing or joining after 1 April 2019. GP membership in Scotland and Northern Ireland has always been provided on an occurrence basis. Find out more.

Why you should choose the MDU

Guide

Guide

We offer our members expert guidance, personal support and robust defence in addressing medico-legal issues, complaints and claims.

Support

Support

Over 98% of calls to the MDU medico-legal helpline are connected straight to a medico-legal adviser during normal working hours.

Defend

Defend

Over the last 10 years we successfully defended almost 77% of claims, making no compensation payments.

What are the benefits?

  • Robust defence of your professional reputation if you face a GMC or disciplinary hearing and need expert support and representation.

  • Confidential 24-hour medico-legal helpline answered by fellow doctors for practice-related queries on confidentiality, consent, record keeping and more.
  • Practical guidance on writing reports, planning effective responses to patient complaints and preparing for attendance at coroner’s court.
  • Professional medical indemnity for work not covered by the state backed-indemnity scheme which meets GMC requirements, pays your legal costs and compensates patients if you face a claim.
  • Practice benefits for GROUPCARE members with employment law and health and safety advice from Peninsula and resources to support your GP team.
  • Evidence for your revalidation with MDU risk management courses, local seminars on hot topics plus online CPD for you to access at a time to suit you.
  • Stay up to date with case studies, ethical dilemmas, the MDU journal and our exclusive member-only app for medico-legal guidance on the go.

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.

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Frequently asked questions

How do you calculate a session?

Your subscription is based on the average number of weekly sessions you work across your membership year, and we define a session as a block of anything up to four hours of clinical work.

Here's how to work out the number of hours worked per week:

  • Do include:
    • anything that might give rise to a clinical negligence claim, such as time spent writing up clinical notes, making referrals, issuing prescriptions and so on
    • regularly worked extra hours (eg, if the surgery frequently overruns)
  • Don't include:
    • time spent on general admin, employee issues, etc.
    • extra hours you might occasionally work (eg, if the surgery occasionally overruns beyond your scheduled hours)
    • annual/study leave or time away from the practice.

Once you know the number of hours you work a week, you can work out the number of sessions:

Calculating sessions

If you’re not sure if your subscription is session-based or you have any questions about calculating sessions, contact our membership team on 0800 716 376.

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.