New working practices will cut out duplication and delay and allow us to provide a more responsive and secure service.

SIS provides comprehensive professional indemnity insurance with the security, value and service required by surgeons in both the NHS and independent sector. Because the SIS Board of Directors comprises a majority of practicing clinicians, it is best placed to anticipate and respond to the changing indemnity needs of its members.

The Board of Directors is responsible for governance of the scheme and its future development. This year, the Board decided to appoint new brokers and underwriters with effect from 25th September 2014 to secure further improvements to SIS membership benefits and services.


New SIS underwriters


Our new 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$22.5 billion and their financial strength is rated as: A+ by Standard and Poors and A Excellent by A M Best

Through W. R. Berkley we have introduced improved membership benefits, streamlined cases handling and a more detailed underwriting model, allowing subscriptions to better reflect risk and so provide better value for money. For existing members transfer to the new underwriters will be seamless at your next renewal and you can rest assured that there will be no break in your cover.

Sharon Brennan from W. R. Berkeley said:

‘I am delighted to be working with the rest of the SIS team, which together provides the broadest range of membership benefits and service levels. This is a very exciting opportunity: together we can take professional indemnity for surgeons to a new level.’


New brokers


SIS has appointed Lucas Fettes and Partners (LFP), a specialist professional indemnity Lloyd’s broker, who will be working closely with SIS to secure the best membership benefits and terms for members. LFP will also help with regulatory compliance and other technical aspects of the SIS insurance policy,

Robin Lucas LFP Chairman said: ‘We can see fantastic potential here for SIS to become the dominant force in professional indemnity for the UK’s surgeons. Together with W. R. Berkley and the SIS medico-legal team we are committed to the highest service and quality standards: we are delighted to be part of the SIS team.’

SIS medico-legal and administrative teams Service and value are fundamental to the SIS ethos. The SIS office is now the single point of contact for all enquiries including medico-legal problems, applications, renewals and subscriptions and will soon be able to issue all policy documents and membership cards.

Dr Sherry Williams said:

‘New working practices will cut out duplication and delay and allow us to provide a more responsive and secure service. We’re all looking forward to implementing the changes agreed by the Board of Directors.’