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Association of Ophthalmologists Specialist Indemnity Scheme

AOOSIS members benefit from professional indemnity tailored for UK ophthalmologists. Membership of AOOSIS offers a high quality, secure and cost-effective solution to your professional indemnity requirements. AOOSIS is a mutual exclusively for ophthalmologists, owned and governed by its members.

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Benefits of Membership

Membership of the AOOSIS Scheme is exclusively designed for UK Ophthalmologists practising in the NHS and independent sectors. Benefits include:

  • Individual policy of contractual professional indemnity insurance giving peace of mind and security.
  • 21 years’ run off cover following permanent retirement from all practice or death.
  • Provision of a no-claims bonus.
  • Cover includes clinical negligence claims, GMC and disciplinary investigations, inquests, contract disputes and crisis communications.

 

  • Dedicated in-house brokers within the MPI Group.
  • A 24 hour in-house medico-legal advisory service within the MPI Group led by a practising lawyer with over 20 years’ experience of defending doctors.
  • Unique input from a Clinical Board including practising ophthalmologists. The MPI Group and Scheme Insurers attend regular Clinical Board meetings, and the “one team” approach of doctors, lawyers, brokers and insurers influences the approach to risk within your speciality and ensures that your professional needs are met and understood.
  • Policy meets minimum limit of indemnity requirements in the independent sector.

Refer a Friend

We are proud to offer a “refer a friend” programme to existing consultant ophthalmologist members of AOOSIS. The programme is simple and transparent. It operates as follows.

  1. As an existing consultant ophthalmologist member of AOOSIS, you tell your consultant ophthalmologist colleagues about us.
  2. When your consultant colleague applies for AOOSIS membership and an associated individual policy of insurance, they name you as the referrer on their on-line application form.
  3. If your colleague is accepted as a member of AOOSIS, we will verify from our records that you are a current member of AOOSIS.
  4. You will receive a contribution of up to £350 towards an approved CPD course.
  5. To obtain the contribution you must supply the MPI Group with a receipted booking invoice for the CPD course.
  6. You are entitled to a maximum of one contribution per year.

Insurers

Founded in 1967 W. R. Berkley Corporation (WRBC) is an insurance holding company that is among the largest commercial lines writers in the United States. WRBC is 354 in the Fortune 500 rankings and is rated by AM Best A+ (Superior) and A+ (Strong) by Standard & Poors.

W/R/B Underwriting, which operates Syndicate 1967, was established in 2008 as part of WRBC to underwrite within the Lloyd’s and London Market. The syndicate underwrites US$285M (2017) across multiple product lines.

W/R/B Underwriting are honoured to be the appointed insurer for the members of AOOSIS. As one of the first insurers to offer Medical Malpractice insurance to surgeons in the UK, we provide a wealth of experience which enables us to deliver tailored solutions, flexible products and authoritative underwriting.

W/R/B Underwriting undertook an analysis of their product for surgeons and following this they now have an enhanced offering including the additional benefits; contract disputes, providing assistance in a dispute with a private hospital, the provision of a no claims bonus and cover during maternity, paternity or sabbatical leave.

Company Information

AOO Specialist Indemnity Scheme (AOOSIS) is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales. The company number is 7398533. There are no shareholders to satisfy.

AOOSIS is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Stackhouse Poland Limited. Stackhouse Poland Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in respect of General Insurance business.

The Clinical Board directors of AOOSIS are responsible for the governance of the Scheme including:

  • Statutory duties and responsibilities as company directors.
  • Compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Development of the procedure specific rating matrix for members of AOOSIS.
  • Annual review of Scheme benefits.
  • Discussions with the in-house brokers at the MPI Group and Scheme Insurers on membership costs and benefits.

Help and Advice

If something goes wrong or you sense a patient or their family are critical of your care, contact the medico-legal advisory team on 0300 3033 531/ advice@mpi.group. Our helpline operates 24 hours a day.

We can act as a sounding board, provide advice, review the response to complaints, help you to prepare statements and assist you at internal hospital investigations, disciplinary processes and the GMC.

We will ensure that your insurer is notified and specialist solicitors are appointed if necessary. Our in-house medico-legal director is a practising healthcare solicitor with over twenty years’ experience of assisting doctors.

Existing members should log in to the MEMBERS’ AREA to access their current insurance policy documents.

CLINICAL BOARD

Keith
Bates


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Richard
Packard


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Robert
Morris


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Sid
Goel


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Stephanie
West


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Keith
Bates

Keith Bates qualified in medicine from Oxford University. He completed his early ophthalmic training in Nottingham and Oxford, before a one year research fellowship in Oxford. He then completed the remainder of his training at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
He has been an NHS Consultant since 1992 at Taunton and Somerset Hospital as well as running a busy private practice. He has been an AOOSIS board member for several years and Chairman for the last year.

Richard
Packard

Richard Packard MD DO FRCS FRCOphth is a senior consultant at Arnott Eye Associates in London. He was consultant surgeon at the Prince Charles Eye Unit in Windsor from 1982-2016. He has been in private practice since 1981 in London and Berkshire. He was chairman of the Association of Ophthalmologists from 2007-2011.
Since 2007 he has been involved with the Federation of Independent Practitioner Organisations and since 2010 has been its deputy chairman.
He has been involved with the CMA report on private practice and the ramifications of this for the profession. He was the founding member of AOOSIS in 2010 and its first chairman.

Robert
Morris

Robert Morris trained at St. Bartholomew's Hospital part of the University of London.
He completed his post-graduate ophthalmic training at the renowned units in Oxford Eye Hospital and London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Rob also spent a year at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, one of the United States top five training programmes.
Robert has held a position of Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Southampton University Hospitals Trust from 1991 - 2016.
Within the NHS, he performed over 30,000 cataract procedures. He has an interest in squint surgery and is a national expert in this field.
In addition to his NHS work, Robert manages a successful independent private practice. He obtained a Distinction in the Post Graduate Diploma in Cataract and Refractive Surgery at Ulster and was subsequently invited to be a Clinical Tutor on the Course.
Rob’s other roles have included:
• Chairman of the Wessex Deanery Education Committee responsible for the supervision of trainee ophthalmologists
• The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Regional Advisor for Ophthalmology in Wessex Region.
• Member of the The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Continuing Professional Development and Paediatric Ophthalmology Committees Robert has lectured and presented papers nationally and internationally on cataract, refractive and strabismus surgery and published over 35 papers in peer review journals.
• Most recently, Optegra Eye Hospitals appointed Robert as their Medical Director. In this role, he was responsible for clinical standards in this leading eye hospital group. He held this post from 2010 - 2017.

Sid
Goel

Mr Sid Goel graduated in medicine in 1996. Since then he has trained and worked for over 20 years in Ophthalmology in eminent teaching centres in the UK and internationally, acquiring a range of qualifications and memberships with specialist ophthalmic organisations.
Mr Goel is very well presented and published in National and International platforms and in his career has 20 publications and over 50 presentations to his credit. He has won National and International Awards for his scientific work.
Mr Goel has been a Consultant since 2008 and currently holds a consultant post at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.
He also has a significant private practice and offers his services in Ophthalmology with a special interest in:
• Cataract and Refractive advanced cataract surgery
• Laser and lens-based glasses corrective surgery
• Oculofacial Plastic Surgery
• Corneal/Anterior Segment Surgery
He is regularly invited as an expert speaker to present his experience on his specialist interests.
Mr Goel has been elected/selected for many national and regional roles.

Stephanie
West

Miss Stephanie West graduated from Southampton University Medical school in 2001 and completed her specialist training in the highly regarded centres of Nottingham and Bristol, obtaining FRCOphth from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in 2011.
Subsequently, she undertook two years of subspecialty training in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus including a prestigious fellowship at Sickkids, Toronto in 2012, for which she was awarded the JD Morin prize for the best fellow as well as a fellowship at Moorfield’s Eye Hospital in 2013.
She joined the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust in July 2013 as a consultant ophthalmologist. She specialises in paediatric ophthalmology as well as adults with strabismus and general ophthalmological conditions. She also performs and teaches cataract surgery.
Stephanie is a member of the British Isles Paediatric Opthalmology and Strabismus Association and the American Association for Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.
In 2014 Stephanie completed an MBA at Warwick. Stephanie takes an active interest in the training of junior ophthalmologists and has a number of teaching commitments.

JOIN AOOSIS

You can access our on-line application form to join AOOSIS here. You will need to provide details about the scope of your practice, the number of sessions you work in the NHS and independent sector and any previous claims against you. The form may be saved in sections as you go along so you can return to complete it. Once you submit it, one of our in-house medical indemnity advisers will contact you to finalise any outstanding matters and you will then receive a fully personalised cost for your membership of AOOSIS.

If you have any queries relating to your application, please call the MPI Group on 0300 3033 531 or email us at info@mpi.group.

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