When you need support, we’re by your side

You can count on our expert guidance, personal support and robust defence of your professional reputation if your clinical competence or care of patients is questioned.

Don’t rely on NHS indemnity alone or you could find yourself without support for GMC investigations, disciplinary hearings, coroner’s inquests/FAIs and patient complaints. 

Our 24-hour medico-legal helpline is answered by doctors from a range of specialties with real-life experience of the pressures and challenges you face on the wards.

Why you should choose the MDU

What are the benefits?

  • Robust defence of your professional reputation if you face a GMC, trust or disciplinary hearing.
  • Professional medical indemnity which meets GMC requirements, pays your legal costs and compensates patients if you face a claim.
  • Expert advice from our 24-hour medico-legal helpline on difficult ethical areas such as patient consent, capacity and confidentiality.
  • Boost your learning with free educational seminars delivered at your hospital department with certificates of attendance provided.
  • Stay up to date with case studies, ethical dilemmas and the MDU journal.
  • Get evidence for revalidation and stay up to date with MDU online CPD, courses, webinars and podcasts.

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.

If you are going through a claim, as I did, you need to know somebody is immediately available when you call, that they can locate your file quickly and that their advice is sensible and reliable. The MDU does all this, and on top of that, you get genuine personal support. In a time of real crisis, that’s invaluable.”

General practitioner

My experience of the MDU is that it just takes one phone call and things start to happen. I had a stalker who followed me at work, but when they began to write to me at home, I felt very threatened. I didn’t sleep for days. Then I talked to an MDU adviser, and within a few hours a plan was in place to resolve the situation. It was a huge relief.”

Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist

Frequently asked questions

What if COVID-19 has affected my work?

We understand that these are unprecedented times. That’s why we have put together the resources you need during this difficult time. For information on coronavirus, please visit our COVID-19 resources.

Why do I need the join the MDU if I already have NHS indemnity?

NHS indemnity only goes so far, and the benefits of MDU membership extend well beyond just providing professional indemnity for claims.

Unlike NHS indemnity, we can also offer legal support at GMC, trust, or disciplinary hearings, access to our 24-hour medico-legal helpline, advice on dealing with media enquiries from our dedicated press office, and expert medico-legal risk management advice.

We’re also here to help you learn and develop as your career progresses, and members can take advantage of our wide range of seminars, specialist training and online CPD courses.

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.