Unlock NEW and IMPROVED benefits

Welcome to new GROUPCARE offering practices simplified administration and new exclusive benefits. Our new and improved scheme remains free to set up and the whole team can benefit.

Who can join?

To set up and access GROUPCARE benefits, half or more of the GPs in your practice must be MDU members (minimum numbers apply). To unlock all the benefits of GROUPCARE, all the GPs in your practice must be MDU members.

Free to set up MDU group membership

GROUPCARE highlights

• Free to set up.
• Quick and easy online management.
Save 10% on MDU membership (England and Wales only).
• Free membership for practice managers.
• Free membership for two practice staff (Scotland, Northern Ireland and Channel Islands only).
Discounted indemnity for nurse practitioners/nurses in extended role (Scotland, Northern Ireland and Channel Islands only).
• Unlimited and free practice-based seminars.
• Free employment law and health and safety advice lines.
• Free confidential employee assistance helpline.
• Support for GP networks.

Take advantage of the many benefits of GROUPCARE

Whether you want to learn and develop, make practice savings or keep your business running smoothly, there’s a GROUPCARE benefit for you.

See personal development for educational resources to support you, help you to reach your potential and manage risk proactively. Get practice support with 24/7 medico-legal advice for the whole team, a dedicated GP liaison manager for your practice and easy and quick access to manage your scheme online. For business management make the most of free advice on employment law, health and safety and book your free practice risk assessment.

1. Free to set up: GROUPCARE is open to any practice where half or more of the GPs are MDU members, excludes locums, GPSTs and out-of-hours GPs and subject to a minimum of two GPs (either partners or salaried).

2. Members save 10% on MDU membership in England and Wales only. NHS primary care work only. Saving applies after scheme renewal date and at MDU member's next renewal.

3. Free membership for practice managers. Free membership for up to two practice staff for every GP member outside England and Wales only: Excludes partners.

4. Unlimited and free practice-based seminars. Discounted and free attendance on our one-day medico-legal event. Free practice risk assessment. Medico-legal update seminar: All subject to availability. 

5. Free 24-hour employment law and health and safety advice line. Free confidential employee assistance helpline. Access to discounted employment law and health and safety packages: All provided by Peninsula, a leading provider of employment law and health and safety services in the UK.

6. Access to discounted HR support from Peninsula's Face2Face service. Access to discounted employment law and health and safety packages from Peninsula: Provided by Peninsula, a leading provider of employment law and health and safety services in the UK. All work conducted by a HRFace2Face consultant is provided on a day rate. For practices who have purchased the full Peninsula employment law package with optional insurance, all the work conducted by a HRFace2Face consultant may also be insured (subject to the terms and conditions of the policy underwritten by Irwell Insurance Company Limited ‘Irwell’. Irwell is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority (Register No. 202897)). Peninsula Business Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for the sale of non-investment insurance contracts (Register No. 468574) – applicable to the insurance product only. Peninsula insurance, access to discounted employment law and health and safety packages and free confidential employee assistance advice line: Subject to the terms and conditions of the policy underwritten by Irwell Insurance Company Limited ‘Irwell’.

GROUPCARE is open to all practices when half your GPs are MDU members

  • Free membership for practice managers.

  • Free membership for up to two practice staff (Scotland, Ireland and Channel Islands only).

  • Access to professional indemnity for physician associates.

  • Discounted professional indemnity for nurse practitioners and nurses working in an extended role (Scotland, Ireland and Channel Islands only).

  • Unlimited and free practice-based seminars.

  • Discounted attendance on our one-day medico-legal event.

  • Free 24-hour employment law advice line.

  • Free 24-hour health and safety advice line.

  • Quick and easy online scheme management.

  • A dedicated, local GP liaison manager.

  • Access to medico-legal support.

GROUPCARE unlocked. Everything above, plus more benefits when all your GPs are MDU members

  • Save 10% on MDU membership (England and Wales only).
  • Free, confidential employee assistance helpline.
  • Free attendance on our one-day medico-legal event.
  • Free practice risk assessment.
  • Access to discounted employment law and health and safety packages from Peninsula.
  • Access to discounted HR support from Peninsula's Face2Face service.
  • Free one-hour medico-legal update seminar at your practice.
GP networks with group membership

Support for GP networks

  • GP networks can access our practice-based seminars. GP networks can access our practice-based seminars when half or more of the practices in the network are GROUPCARE practices.

Dedicated support for your practice

Every GROUPCARE practice in the UK is supported by one of our MDU GP liaison managers. Your local liaison manager can support you with queries such as:

  • Setting up a GROUPCARE scheme
  • Membership applications
  • In-house training for both clinical and non-clinical practice staff
  • Additional indemnity requirements
  • Free practice risk assessment.

In this video our GP liaison managers, Chris Hall and Carolyn Porton, talk about how GROUPCARE can help your practice.

Frequently asked questions

I’ve received an email telling me that GROUPCARE is changing. Why is it changing?

With the introduction of state-backed indemnity for GPs in England and Wales many practice staff who work solely under an NHS England or Wales contract will no longer require indemnity for claims.

GROUPCARE has been updated to reflect this. Nurses and other practice staff can remain MDU members and we will be contacting all individual members before their renewal date to explain the impact on their membership and subscription.

Our GROUPCARE practice is in Scotland/Northern Ireland. Does this mean our practice staff lose their discounted membership benefit?

No, for GROUPCARE practices outside England and Wales there is no change to the discount offered to practice staff, as there is no state indemnity scheme in place.

I understand GROUPCARE is changing. What do I need to do?

To make sure that your practice receives the relevant benefits under the new and improved GROUPCARE scheme, please update your practice details by logging in to My membership.

When you log in you can see which benefits apply based on the number of GPs in your practice and how many of them are MDU members.

Does the 10% subscription saving apply across the country?

The 10% subscription saving applies to NHS primary care work in England and Wales only.

Scotland, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man do not have a state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs or practice staff, so there is no change to the individual savings currently offered for some practice staff.

All GPs in our practice are now MDU members and a couple of us are due to renew our subscription next month. How will this change affect us?

GROUPCARE practices with all MDU members can unlock additional benefits such as a 10% subscription saving on individual membership (NHS primary care work in England and Wales only), new and improved in practice seminars and additional online and face to face training. The benefits will apply from the individual’s next renewal after your GROUPCARE scheme has renewed with All GPs as MDU members.

I can’t see healthcare assistants and phlebotomists in my scheme any more (England and Wales), why is that?

The state-backed indemnity scheme will provide support for clinical negligence claims for primary care staff arising from contracted NHS duties in England and Wales. This means healthcare assistants and phlebotomists no longer require membership. Members in these roles can continue until their renewal date, but renewal will not be offered.

Practice managers and GPs can ask for medico-legal advice and support for issues arising from HCAs and phlebotomists through their own membership.

Does our GROUPCARE scheme continue if an MDU GP leaves mid year?

You will continue to enjoy the same benefits until the scheme’s renewal date. If the GP is replaced by another MDU GP, benefits will continue. If not we will calculate the level of benefits you are entitled to.

At the moment less than half of our GPs are MDU members. Does that mean our scheme will close?

Your scheme will continue in force for a grace period in order to give you the chance to convert more of your GPs to MDU membership. Contact your local GP liaison manager to help you to organise this.

Who can attend the free medico-legal event each year?

You can nominate any GPs, practice managers or other healthcare professional within your practice to attend the free course each year.

I’m a practice manager and a partner at my practice. I’ve been informed that I won’t be entitled to free membership. Why?

If you are a practice manager and a partner you have vicarious liability for your practice staff and you will need to apply for paid individual membership.

Find out more and apply online for membership.

Why is the total number of GPs in My membership is incorrect?

We have set all practices at 50% to give practices time to update their details while continuing to access GROUPCARE benefits. Please log in to My membership and update your practice details to see the benefits relevant to you.

How do I find out what the renewal date of my GROUPCARE scheme?

You can find your GROUPCARE scheme renewal date by logging in to My membership. Your scheme renewal date is shown at the top of the GROUPCARE management screen.