Benefits of joining SIS

Rest assured

SIS members are provided with contractual indemnity for clinical negligence and public liability claims as well as 20 years run off cover following death or permanent retirement from practice.

The SIS policy provides cover of up to 10 million for any one claim, including costs, in the annual aggregate in any policy year. Whether you take an excess on your policy is your decision. Cover includes GMC, disciplinary enquiries & inquests as well as public liability & HMRC investigations. Full details available on application.

Access the right expertise

The SIS medico-legal advisory service has an enviable reputation for expertise combined with a thoroughly professional and empathetic approach. The service is available during office hours for routine enquiries with a 24-hour telephone advisory service for emergencies.

Comprehensive membership benefits exclusively for Surgeons

SIS has been developed to meet the needs of UK surgeons practising in the NHS and independent sectors. Together with specialist brokers and underwriters the SIS team has unrivalled expertise in professional indemnity and a full understanding of your professional needs.

The Chairman and Directors of SIS are responsible for the governance of the Scheme

Our Board of Directors

SIS exists solely for the benefit of its members with a Board of Directors appointed by current subscribers.

John MacFie

John MacFie is Chairman of the Surgical Indemnity Scheme and a consultant colorectal surgeon. John was President of the Association of Surgeons of GB and Ireland  (ASGBI) from 2010 to 2012 and is the incoming President of the Federation of Surgical Specialty Associations (FSSA). He has a personal Chair with the University of Hull, has published extensively on many topics and has a substantial experience of medicolegal report writing.

John Moorehead

John Moorehead is a consultant colorectal surgeon in the Ulster Hospital, Belfast and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queens University. He has also held the posts of Clinical Director for Cancer Services, Elective Care Reform and General Surgery. He is President elect of the Irish Association of Coloproctology and a member of the Management Board of the Irish Society of Gastroenterology. He was elected to the ASGBI Council in 2006 and will serve as ASGBI President for 2015 and 2016.

Gerard Panting and Sherry Williams are co-opted members of the SIS Board.

Meet our Medico-legal Advisory team

SIS provides comprehensive medico-legal advice, covering legal problems and ethical issues arising from your professional practice. The SIS medico-legal advisory service has an enviable reputation for expertise combined with a thoroughly professional and empathetic approach.

Dr Sherry Williams

MB BS, FFFLM, Barrister

Sherry has more than 25 years’ experience of advising doctors on all aspects of the legal and regulatory aspects of professional practice. She is a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and has previously help the posts of Head of Medical Services and Head of Membership Governance at MPS.

Dr Gerard Panting


Gerard has over 25 years’ experience in clinical negligence litigation, complaints procedures, disciplinary processes and medical regulation in the UK and a special interest in developing practice risk management solutions. He is a Foundation Fellow of Physicians and has previously held the posts of Head of UK Medical Services and Communications and Policy Director at MPS.

What our customers say

SIS has brought professional indemnity for surgeons back to reality. We now have our own indemnity scheme with stable and affordable subscriptions, no subsidy of other specialties and advisors who understand surgical practice. SIS is the first choice indemnifier for surgeons.

Peter Dawson, London

SIS ticks all the boxes: an appropriate package, transparency and a more affordable premium. I was heartened by the strength of the legal team and have not been disappointed when I needed support.

David Khoo, Basildon

SIS treat me as an individual and reassuringly look at the nature of my practice and its associated risk to calculate my subscription. I made an immediate and significant saving, with no increase when I renewed.

Graham Williams, Wolverhampton

Our Brokers and Underwriters

SIS members have an individual policy of insurance as part of their membership. The brokers and underwriters are specialists in professional indemnity based in the City of London.

SIS retain Lucas Fettes & Partners Limited, who specialise in professional indemnity to provide advice, technical insurance support and other specialist services. Lucas Fettes & Partners Limited is an independently owned Llyod’s Accredited Insurance Brokerage, based in Lombard St. London with seven other offices across the UK.

The SIS underwriters are W. R. Berkley, a leading insurance company with a specialist medical professional indemnity division based in London. W. R. Berkley have assets of US$20.5 billion and their financial strength is rated as: A+ by Standard and Poors and A Excellent by A M Best.