Category 1 and 2 work - explanatory note

In the case of doctors and dentists or related allied health professionals indemnified by others, for example hospital doctors working exclusively in the NHS and hospital, community and salaried dental practitioners, MDDUS membership provides assistance, advice, representation (including legal representation) and access to indemnity in respect of your legal liability to meet claims made against you arising out of your professional practice for work undertaken by you which is not designated as Category 1 work and which falls outside the duties specified in the NHS Contract of Service. Such work is designated as Category 2 work and examples include medical examinations undertaken on behalf of life assurance companies. Claims arising out of your professional practice in respect of such work are not covered by the NHS indemnity scheme.

Further explanation of Category 1 and Category 2 is as follows.

Those working in the NHS are indemnified by the NHS in respect of claims arising from clinical acts or omissions for Category 1 work. The full definitions of Category 1 and Category 2 work are set out in the Hospital Medical and Dental Staff Terms and Conditions of Service, but in essence work related to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness of an NHS patient and which forms part of the contractual duties of the doctor or dentist for which he or she is not permitted to seek payment from the patient is designated Category 1 work. Work that falls outside the duties specified in the NHS Contract of Service is designated as Category 2 work. Examples include medical examinations undertaken on behalf of life assurance companies; clinical acts or omissions in respect of such work are not covered by the NHS Indemnity Scheme.