About us

The MPS Foundation is part of The Medical Protection Society Limited (MPS), the world’s leading protection organisation for doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals with 130 years of global healthcare experience and expertise.

We will invest in research, analysis, education and training which enables members to provide better care for their patients and improve their own wellbeing. 

About MPS

Founded in 1892, we exist to protect and support the professional interests of more than 300,000 members around the world.

We support members in the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.

Our philosophy is to support safe practice in medicine and dentistry by helping to prevent problems in the first place.

We do this by proactively promoting risk management to our members and the professions as a whole, and actively campaigning for regulatory and legal reforms.

The Five Goals of the MPS Foundation

We will support research that makes a meaningful contribution to our world by:

  • reducing risk for patients and MPS members
  • improving wellbeing for MPS members and medical and dental professionals
  • adding to the body of knowledge that supports the improvement of patient care, safety and outcomes, and clinician wellbeing
  • informing and developing expertise in risk reduction and management
  • clarifying ‘what works’ and how this can be translated into workplaces

WHAT WE FUND

The MPS Foundation’s funding will focus on four key areas:

the impact of human factors

We are interested in researching the impact people and groups have on patient care, safety, outcomes and risk, including:

  • multidisciplinary teamwork in private sector settings
  • communication and consent: how healthcare professionals can ensure patients understand all of the options
  • the impact of leadership and leadership styles on patient safety and risk
  • the impact of culture
  • generational differences in response to risk and its impact on patient safety, culture and attitudes to risk.

the impact of processes and delivery models

We welcome research into the effects of process and compliance on delivering healthcare, including:

  • the effective use of clinical registries
  • the impact of incentivisation on healthcare professionals and patient care, outcomes and risk
  • the impact of new roles, responsibilities and functions within healthcare and the implications for quality assurance and risk management
  • the impact of clinician mobility, effective risk management and quality assurance of healthcare professionals who transfer from one healthcare system to another
  • private hospital governance
  • building system resilience
  • the impact of procedural familiarity on patient safety and risk.

clinician wellbeing

The personal and professional wellbeing and development of clinicians remains our priority. For this reason, we’re interested in research that recognises and addresses the following:

  • burnout, resilience and self-awareness
  • the need for clinicians to consider their own mental and physical health and performance in delivering the very best for their patients.

digital integration and technology

Digital and technological developments continue to help clinicians maximise opportunities and minimise risks. We are particularly interested in research into:

  • the use of Artificial Intelligence as a diagnostic tool, including research associated with accuracy and risk management
  • the impact of telemedicine and social media, and the risks they present to healthcare professionals and patients
  • the impact of telemedicine and social media on clinician wellbeing.

Our focus in 2022

In 2022, we are particularly interested in research that applies our priorities in the following areas:

· periodontal disease practice and care

· dental implantology practice and care

· perioperative care

· orthopaedic practice

· neurosurgery practice and care

· obstetric practice and care.

We welcome proposals that are original, evidence-based, and focused on applied research. We favour projects that focus on private hospital, outpatient practice, and dentistry environments and will give priority to proposals that involve and impact more than one country or region.

WE ARE HIRING

MPS Foundation Board Members

We have exciting opportunities to join The MPS Foundation Board and The MPS Foundation Team. We are seeking 4 additional Board Members to join the Board from across The MPS Foundation's jurisdictions.

Research Manager

We are excited to be on the search for a self-motivated and member focused Research Manager, to join The MPS Foundation’s new and growing team.