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Foundation Doctors in Year Level 1 and 2

Membership Benefits

Clinical Defence

For professional defence against patient complaints and GMC/regulatory matters.

More details about Clinical Defence

Professional Disciplinary Defence
This includes advice and representation in proceedings before a regulatory body (GMC/GDC).

Professional Defence against Patient Complaints
Assistance with responding to patient complaints and with any formal investigations into complaints.
Assistance with acting as a witness for your employer in coroner inquest proceedings.
Assistance with any matter arising from clinical work, subject to criminal investigation or proceedings (subject to discretion).

Advice in Professional issues

Ethical Issues
Medico Legal Practice

Advice and Representation in Performers List issues for GPs
Representation for trainees in ARCP appeals and in Performers List issues.

Worldwide Good Samaritan cover

Indemnity for NHS Category 2 work

Employment Support

For advice and representation in issues related to employment.

More details about Employment Support

Advice regarding Terms & Conditions of service
Employment contract
Professional issues

Advice and representation in grievance procedures
Involving a dispute about terms and conditions of employment including remuneration.
Involving a complaint of bullying, harassment or discrimination.

Advice and representation in the employer disciplinary process, including performance and capability processes
Including the equivalent process of providers of contract for the provision of services (such as CCGs, private hospitals, NHS Hospital Trusts etc). This includes defence in a disciplinary process resulting from complaints from patients, employees or colleagues.

Representation in member’s legal action arising out of employment
Including where a member is contracted to provide professional service.

Indemnity for NHS Category 2 Work

The MDS Comprehensive plan and the Clinical Defence plan automatically include an insurance backed cover for NHS Category 2 work for gross income upto £5,000 per annum for GPs and £1,000 per annum for hospital doctors.

If your gross annual income from Category 2 work exceeds the above, contact us to upgrade your cover.

More details about Indemnity for NHS Category 2 Work

Category 2 work is non-contractual work, done as part of your employment and is therefore not covered under NHS Crown Indemnity. This includes fee paying work
undertaken to provide additional services such as the below:

Hospital Doctors: Coroners reports, police statements, medical certificates, cremation forms, reports requested by courts.

Psychiatrists: Section 12 (Mental Health Act) and DoLS assessments.

General Practitioners: Examinations and reports required by a person or third party primarily to serve the interests of the person, his or her employer or other third party, in non-clinical contexts such as insurance, DVLA, superannuation, foreign travel or emigration – only if done for patients on the practice list. This does not include any private procedures which do not form part of the standard NHS contracted service.

Public Health Doctors: work done for local authorities, vaccinations.

Important: Category 2 cover does not include private practice and/or medico-legal reporting or expert reports commissioned on a private basis. If you are undertaking any private practice or work that is not covered under NHS Indemnity or Category 2, please be advised that you will require additional indemnity/medical malpractice insurance to cover the full scope of your practice. Contact us to obtain a tailored quote.

Membership Plans

MDS Comprehensive Plan for Foundation Doctors in Year Level 1 and 2

Recommended Plan. For clinical defence, employment support and indemnity for category 2 work.

£40 per annum*

Clinical Defence only for Foundation Doctors in Year Level 1 and 2

Includes indemnity for category 2 work. It does not include employment support.

£25 per annum*

Employment Services only for Foundation Doctors in Year Level 1 and 2

This does not include clinical defence or indemnity for category 2 work.

£20 per annum*

*The subscription price is indicative and may be subject to change based on an assessment of your application.