NHS England has announced that it will again be running an indemnity scheme to support GPs doing extra out-of-hours (OOH) and unscheduled care work this winter.
The scheme has been developed in conjunction with UK medical defence organisations, including MDDUS, and will run between 1 October 2017 and 2 April 2018. It is designed to meet the costs of indemnifying additional OOH/unscheduled care work this winter and does not apply to pre-existing indemnity arrangements.
The scheme will work differently this year with the additional cover allocated in blocks of 8, 16, 24 or 32 sessions. GP members interested in accessing the scheme should initially check with their local OOH/unscheduled care provider to determine what additional shift cover is required and then contact MDDUS to agree the appropriate package of extra indemnity. You will then be able to add these additional sessions to your current membership with payment being made directly to MDDUS by NHS England.
Any additional blocks of sessions can be applied for when your existing quota has been exhausted (subject to availability from NHS England).
Click here for an application form to add additional OOH sessions funded by the scheme.
More information on the scheme including FAQs can found here on the NHS England website.