24th June 2016

Professional Indemnity Arrangement for Nurses and Midwives

Professional Indemnity Arrangement for Nurses and Midwives


In July 2014, the UK government has introduced a new requirement for all nurses and midwives to hold an applicable Professional Indemnity Arrangement. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that if a patient is harmed in some way due to the negligence of the healthcare professional, then they will be able to recover any reward they are entitled for.

Generally, this indemnity includes cover for legal claims for compensation and related expenses arises from the practice of nurse and midwife. In order to practice and provide care, all nurses and midwives must hold in place an appropriate cover under an indemnity arrangement. To reflect this change The Code: Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives (NMC, 2008) has been updated.

Information about Professional Indemnity Arrangements

  • Professional Indemnity Arrangements is now mandatory for nurses and midwives to get registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • Nurses and Midwives are required to self-declare that they have in place or are arranging the appropriate indemnity that covers them to practice in the UK when applying to join or renewing their registration with the NMC.
  • Each nurse and midwife has professional responsibility to ensure that they have appropriate cover for their role, scope of practice and its risk. The cover they have in place should be related to the risks involved in their medical practice.
  • The arrangement does not need to be held by the nurse or midwife individually, but it is their responsibility to make sure that appropriate cover is in place. It is very important to understand that by signing self-declaration, nurse and midwife assert that every time they practice they will make sure that an applicable indemnity arrangement is in place.
  • If it is found that a nurse and midwife is practicing without an appropriate indemnity arrangement in place then they will be removed from the register which means they will no longer be able to practice as a nurse and midwife.
  • When nurse and midwife self-declare and maintain good records of their indemnity arrangement then they are not required to provide a copy of documents for their indemnity arrangement.

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