The RCN indemnity scheme may cover you against the financial consequences of a claim against you for clinical negligence.
Generally, the RCN scheme could cover the following groups of members:
However, it is very important that you check the terms and conditions as outlined in our comprehensive terms and conditions document.
There’s no need to pay anything extra. RCN indemnity is included in your membership fee, provided you meet the eligibility criteria.
From 1 April 2019, the Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice operated by NHS Resolution will provide indemnity cover to all staff working in NHS general practice (GP) services in England including practice nurses, locums, self-employed workers and trainees.
From 1 April, all nursing staff working in GP practices or providing GP services to NHS patients in England will automatically be included in the scheme. Nursing staff don’t need to make payments towards the scheme or register. Those working in out-of-hours services, walk-in centres and prison primary care services will be included too.
Some GP practices provide services that are non-NHS funded. Alternative cover will be required for the provision of these services.
Find out more about the new scheme at NHS Resolution. You can also read our news story here.
The RCN has been hearing from nurse members and non-members that their GP employers have told them that they will no longer be purchasing indemnity cover from their medical defence organisations (MDOs - like the MDU and MPS). As a result, the MDO will no longer provide them with support for their other legal issues like employment advice, NMC referrals, inquests and many other potential legal issues.
All members of the RCN remain covered for this type of legal help, irrespective of whether the new state-backed indemnity scheme applies to them. Members of the RCN will also have indemnity for their self-employed practice, their voluntary and their Good Samaritan work (subject to the usual terms and conditions).
The RCN will provide new members with those benefits, too. So even if the state-backed scheme applies to your work, we’re still here to help. Join the RCN today.