Clinical Academics may engage in private medical practice with stipulations within the contract of employment and honorary clinical contract, summarised as:
Consultants and Senior GPs may engage in private medical work for no more than the equivalent of one programmed activity (4 hours) each working week.
Junior doctors may engage in private medical practice for no more than the equivalent of one NHS session (one half day) each working week.
All proposed private practice arrangements must be discussed with the Head of Department/Institution/Unit who will monitor this activity. If you undertake any private clinical practice you should follow the guidelines on the Cambridge University Technical Services (CUTS) website.
The relevant section from the University’s Statutes and Ordinances can be found below.
Medical Defence Insurance
It is a contractual obligation for clinicians to hold Medical Defence Insurance. For the avoidance of doubt any private medical practice work should be covered by the consultants own Medical Defence insurance, at the individual’s own cost, as the University’s Professional Indemnity Insurance does not extend to this work.
Full details are given in Annex C of the Contract of Employment and within the Honorary Clinical Contract.