Risk Pooling Schemes for Trusts frequently asked questions
These frequently asked questions are updated regularly. Here you will find answers to a range of common questions we are often asked about our organisation and the services we deliver.
The Risk Pooling Schemes for Trusts (RPST) is the collective name for two separate schemes covering non-clinical risks, the Liabilities to Third Parties Scheme (LTPS) and the Property Expenses Scheme (PES).
The Liabilities to Third Parties Scheme (LTPS) typically covers employers’ and public liability claims from NHS staff, patients and members of the public. These range from straightforward slips and trips to serious workplace manual handling, bullying and stress claims. LTPS covers claims arising from breaches of the Human Rights Act, the Data Protection Act and the Defective Premises Act, as well as defamation, unlawful detention and professional negligence claims.
The Property Expenses Scheme (PES) covers “first party” losses for material damage to buildings and contents from a variety of causes, including fire, theft and water damage. PES also offers business interruption expense cover arising from property damage.
Coverage from both schemes within the RPST began on 1 April 1999. However, if an NHS organisation joined later than this date then they are covered from the day they joined.
The RPST schemes are funded by contributions from members and contributions are calculated on an annual basis using actuarial techniques, including the member’s previous claims experience.
NHS organisations may join either or both schemes with the RPST.