Practice of medicine, dentistry or allied professions - explanatory note

Membership of MDDUS is intended to offer access to assistance, advice, representation and access to indemnity for circumstances that arise out of the practice of medicine, dentistry or an allied health profession. Where matters are entirely unrelated to the practice, studying or teaching of medicine or dentistry, it is unlikely that MDDUS support would be provided.

We recognise however 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 or is a matter of personal conduct unrelated to 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 conduct that might constitute the practice of medicine, dentistry or an allied health profession: 

  • Provision of advice, care and treatment to patients

  • Medical/dental management or leadership

  • Medical/dental education

  • Medical/dental research

  • Non-clinical roles that require a doctor or dentist to be registered with the GMC/GDC

  • Appraisers and responsible officers

  • Doctors and dentists involved in providing advice and expert opinion on cases of a medical or dental nature

  • Medical and dental students and doctors and dentists 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.