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.

We campaigned for change through our Save General Practice work. The government has since announced the introduction of state-backed indemnity from 1 April 2019 for GPs in England and Wales.

We’re still here for you and your team with medico-legal advice, free online CPD, and educational courses. Our group scheme is free to set up and offers benefits like practice-based seminars.

Why you should choose the MDU

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.

Member story

Dr Ian Fletcher called upon the MDU for help after receiving a complaint from a patient.

Doctors face a lot of emotional stress in their daily lives and the extra burden of a complaint increases this in a variety of ways.

The MDU is here to guide, support and defend its members when facing these difficult situations.

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.