Indemnity, advice and support for corporate risk

The DDU robustly defends claims. We have a high success rate in securing closure without paying a settlement. Our expertise in dento-legal issues, complaints and claims is unparalleled and our member satisfaction remains at a record high.

We offer bespoke indemnity and dento-legal advice for clinical organisations. As a corporate member you can look to us for support if a patient makes a claim against your company.

Contact our corporate team to find out more and download our product guide.

Highlights of corporate membership

  • Expert dento-legal guidance and advice.
  • Indemnity for claims not covered by the NHS.
  • Defence against corporate manslaughter charges and defamation and discrimination allegations.

  • Legal expenses support for coroner's inquest where this relates to your corporate clinical practice.
  • Complaint response support.
  • Employment law and health and safety helplines.
  • Employee assistance helpline for staff.

  • Savings on accountancy, tax and business advisory services as well as employment law and health and safety support packages.

  • Support with worldwide Good Samaritan acts.

  • 24-hour press office support.


Why you need corporate membership

Why you need corporate membership

It is increasingly likely that a claim can be made against the company, instead of, or as well as, the individual healthcare staff involved in the treatment. A company could be held liable for a range of failings including:

•   failure to properly investigate complaints or patient safety concerns

•   the poor performance or conduct of individual staff and sub-contractors, particularly employees who do not usually have their own professional indemnity

•   inadequate practice systems and procedures such as patient referrals, infection control, and data protection

•   poor quality training and lack of regular assessment of staff.

Protect your company and apply for corporate membership.

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Advisory support for state indemnified companies

Advisory support for state indemnified companies

With NHS indemnity, you do not get access to dento-legal advice. As a corporate member we can give you access to an expert team of dentists and lawyers with over 600 years' of combined dento-legal and clinical experience 24/7/365.

We can also provide indemnity for your company for work not covered by the NHS scheme.

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Frequently asked questions

Is indemnity for vicarious liability included within DDU membership?

Indemnity for clinical negligence claims pleaded vicariously is included as a standard benefit of DDU membership for dental practice principals and our dental corporate members.

Why has the DDU introduced vicarious liability into its standard membership for principal and corporate members?

There are a small, but increasing, number of dental claims being brought against practice owners and the DDU has introduced this inclusion to your membership to safeguard you against this growing risk.

What does indemnity for vicarious liability include?

For more on the benefits of membership, see page 9 of our individual member guide and page 6 of our corporate guide.

Do I need to apply for indemnity for vicarious liability separately?

No. From the 1 June 2021, this benefit has been added automatically to membership for our principal and corporate members. This means that indemnity for clinical negligence claims pleaded vicariously against a practice principal or corporate are now included as a standard benefit of DDU membership.

This applies to claims that arise from treatment after 1 June 2021 and to new claims in which the treatment was provided before that date if the individual or corporate was a DDU member at the time.

Do GDC registered dental professionals still need their own indemnity?

Yes. It is a legal requirement for all dental professionals to have adequate and appropriate indemnity in place for their work. You should obtain and retain a valid certificate of individual indemnity from dental professionals working at your practice.

Does my individual membership indemnify me for claims brought against my company?

Where clinical services are provided by a company, it is increasingly likely that a claim relating to the alleged negligence of an associate or employed dentist will be made against the company. Where the employment of staff and clinical services are provided by an incorporated entity, for example, a limited company, it is important that the entity can respond in its own right to protect the interests of the Director(s). Through our dental corporate indemnity solution we can provide you with the support you need. 

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Case scenarios

Corporate groups are not immune to clinical negligence claims. Here are some examples of scenarios where we have helped.