Practice of medicine, dentistry or allied professions - explanatory note

Membership of MDDUS is intended to offer a range of benefits including assistance, advice, representation and access to indemnity for circumstances that arise out of the practice of medicine, dentistry or an allied health profession.

The specific benefits available to members will depend on the grade of membership and the type of work undertaken. Members are encouraged to read the additional detail set out in the relevant “Notes on Membership Categories” documentation that is provided alongside their certificate and to seek specific guidance as required. It is important to note that, in general, it is unlikely that MDDUS support would be provided where matters are entirely unrelated to the practice, studying or teaching of medicine, dentistry or an allied profession.

We recognise that matters can be complex and that it may not always be clear whether a member’s conduct arises from the practice of the member’s profession. As a result, each case is considered very carefully by MDDUS on its own merits.

In very general terms, the following are examples of the type of activity that might, in whole or part, constitute the practice of medicine, dentistry or an allied health profession: 

  • Provision of advice, care or management of treatment to patients

  • Medical/dental/clinical management or leadership

  • Medical/dental/clinical education

  • Medical/dental/clinical research

  • Non-clinical roles that require a health professional to be registered with a professional regulator

  • The roles of appraisers and responsible officers

  • The provision of advice and expert opinion on cases of a medical, dental or other clinical nature

  • Study as a medical or dental student, or practice as a doctor or dentist in training.

This list is not exhaustive and simply serves to provide examples of the type of conduct that might constitute the practice of medicine, dentistry or an allied health profession.