Surgical Indemnity Scheme

SIS members benefit from professional indemnity tailored for UK general surgeons. Membership of SIS offers a high quality, secure and cost-effective solution to your professional indemnity requirements. SIS is a wholly owned subsidiary of the ASGBI (Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland).

Benefits of Membership

Membership of the SIS Scheme is exclusively designed for UK general surgeons 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 general surgeons. 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 general surgeon members of SIS. The programme is simple and transparent. It operates as follows.

  1. As an existing consultant general surgeon member of SIS, you tell your consultant general surgeon colleagues about us.
  2. When your consultant colleague applies for SIS 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 SIS, we will verify from our records that you are a current member of SIS.
  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.


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 SIS. 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

Surgical Indemnity Scheme (SIS) is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales. The company number is 7596523. There are no shareholders to satisfy.

SIS is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Athur J. Gallagher Insurance Brokers Ltd. Athur J. Gallagher Insurance Brokers Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in respect of General Insurance business.

The Clinical Board directors of SIS 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 SIS.
  • 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.











Professor Gordon Carlson is a Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon. His NHS practice is based at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and his private practice at BMI Highfield and Alexandra Hospitals. His undergraduate training was in Manchester, followed by Higher Surgical training in Newcastle. As well as honorary professorship of Surgery in Manchester, Gordon has an international reputation for clinical excellence in colorectal surgery and has held visiting Professorships at several major North American and Canadian Medical Schools as well as the Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, and Linkoping and Helsingborg Hospitals, Sweden, where he has been invited to operate on patients with complex bowel problems.

Gordon has a broad colorectal and general surgical practice which includes management of anal problems, colonoscopy and colonic surgery for benign and malignant disease and abdominal wall hernias.


Iain Anderson has been Consultant Surgeon at Salford Royal Hospital, Manchester since 1995. He is a surgeon on the Intestinal Failure Unit, a national unit specialising in the treatment of intestinal fistulae and other complications after abdominal surgery. He trained in surgery in Manchester and Edinburgh and from 1994 developed and established the Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient (CCrISP) Course.
From 2011, he was Director of Emergency Surgery at ASGBI, chairing or contributing to working groups on Emergency Surgical Care and Peri-operative Care of the Higher Risk Surgical Patient. He is now vice president and president-elect. Since 2012 he has been the senior surgical advisor to the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) and part of its steering group.


John Moorehead qualified at The Queen’s University of Belfast in 1978 and obtained his FRCS (Ed) in 1982. He gained his MD for colorectal cancer research in 1986 and for this was awarded the Sir Richard Havelock Charles scholarship and gold medal by Queen’s University. Following this, he spent one year as a Research Associate with Professor John Wong in the Queen Mary Hospital and at the University of Hong Kong. In 1989 he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the Queen’s University of Belfast, working with Professor Brian Rowlands. At the same time, he was appointed Director of the Northern Ireland Colorectal Cancer Register. In 1992 he was appointed as Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Ulster Hospital, Belfast and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Queen’s University of Belfast. While in the Ulster Hospital he held the posts of Clinical Director of Cancer Services, Elective Care Reform and General Surgery. He was elected to the Council of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland in 2006 and in 2010 was appointed as Honorary Secretary and Director of Operations of the Association. He is a member of the Management Board of the Irish Society of Gastroenterology and past President of the Irish Association of Coloproctology. In January 2015 he took up the post of President of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland for 2015 and 2016. In 2016 he was invited to Chair the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit Project Board and held this office until 2018. In 2016 he was also elected to the four year post of Vice-President of the Surgical Section of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). He remains a member of Council of the Association representing the UEMS and continues to Chair the Surgical Foundation. In May 2017 he retired from the NHS but continues work in the private sector. He also has a medical negligence practice in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.


Neil Welch was appointed in 1997, and continues in a post, as a Consultant General Surgeon to the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH), with a sub-speciality interest in Oesophago-Gastric surgery.   Undergraduate medical education was attained at The London Hospital Medical College.

He is presently the Finance Director of ASGBI Ltd, a director of SIS, and a Trustee and Director of The Surgical Foundation charity.  He has also held different senior management roles within NUH since 2007.


You can access our on-line application form to join SIS 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 SIS.

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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