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Countering Fraud

The NHS Counter Fraud Service is part of the Counter Fraud and Security Management Service and was established in 1998 with a remit of tackling all losses to fraud and corruption in all areas of NHS spending. Fraud in many areas of the NHS is at its lowest ever level and £675 million has been saved through countering NHS fraud.

Under the 'Directions to NHS bodies on Counter Fraud Measures 2004', each NHS body is required to take 'all necessary steps to counter fraud in the National Health Service', and this includes nominating at least one person to act as the body's Local Counter Fraud Specialist.

Our Trust's Local Counter Fraud Specialist is:

Charlie Roberts
Senior Investigator
Mazars LLP, London,
Tower Bridge House, St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1DD
Tel/Direct: +44 (0)7881 283 949
charlie.roberts@nhs.net

Here is the January 2017 newsletter from our Trust's Local Counter Fraud Specialist

Bribery Act

Bribery is offering an incentive to someone to do something which they wouldn't normally do. For example, someone offering a job might be offered tickets to an event by one of the candidates or someone linked to them. In the context of the Bribery Act 2010, the offence of bribery refers to accepting, as well as offering, a bribe.

The Bribery Act 2010 reforms the criminal law of bribery, making it easier to tackle this offence proactively in the public and private sectors. It introduces a corporate offence which means that relevant commercial organisations will be exposed to criminal liability, punishable by an unlimited fine, for failing to prevent bribery.

Here is a leaflet with more details.

Anti-Bribery - our commitment

Our Trust is committed to applying the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity throughout its operations. We are committed to delivering the highest standards of patient care and hence are focused on safeguarding the funds needed for this.

Bribery is defined within the Bribery Act 2010 as the giving or receiving of a financial or other advantage in exchange for improperly performing a relevant function or activity.

Under no circumstances is the giving, offering, receiving or soliciting of a bribe acceptable, and the Trust will not tolerate this in any form. This applies to all staff and non-executives, together with any external agents working or acting on behalf of the Trust.

The Trust's zero tolerance approach to bribery, and commitment to the Bribery Act 2010, is set out in further detail within the Counter Fraud and Anti-Bribery Policy, and across a range of other Trust policies and procedural documentation. All staff, non-executives and other relevant parties are responsible for familiarising themselves with the requirements surrounding this and for complying with these at all times.

Any instances of non-compliance will be dealt with firmly and, in addition to possible internal disciplinary action, it is noted that a criminal offence under the Bribery Act 2010 could lead to up to 10 years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

With regard to external parties, we will not do business with anyone who does not support the Trust's anti-bribery commitments, and we reserve the right to terminate any existing contracts where there is evidence that acts of bribery have been committed.

If you are in any doubt as to whether any conduct could amount to bribery, or if you have any concerns of suspicions regarding bribery being committed, please refer to the contact details within the Trust's Counter Fraud and Anti-Bribery Policy, or the Whistleblowing Policy. Such a response is critical to the success of the Trust's anti-bribery measures and we will support anyone raising an issue, provided that you are acting in good faith.