Managing conflicts of interest

Managing conflicts of interest

Why the management of conflicts of interest is important

NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG are responsible for commissioning healthcare services to improve the health and wellbeing of people who live here. It decides which services are most needed and pays local hospitals and other healthcare providers to provide these services. Effective handling of conflicts of interest is, therefore, crucial to give confidence that commissioning decisions are robust, fair, and transparent and offer value for money.

How NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG manages conflicts of interest

The CCG takes its responsibility to manage conflicts of interest seriously and has a Standards of Business Conduct Policy. This policy sets out how the CCG Governing Body members, officers, staff, members, and clinical leads should behave in their role. It also sets out the steps and measures that the CCG takes to manage conflicts of interest.

The policy requires those people referred to above to declare any and all interests which may be or may lead to, a conflict of interest.

What happens when a conflict of interest is identified?

When a conflict of interest is identified it should always be disclosed, as openness and transparency allow for conflicts and potential conflicts of interest to be assessed and managed. This includes publishing all conflicts of interest on a Register of Interests (see below).

The CCG manages the risk of improper or undue influence carefully in a variety of ways, for example excluding that person from any decision-making in relation to their conflict. 

Conflict of Interest Guardian

To further strengthen scrutiny and transparency of the CCG’s decision –making processes, the CCG has appointed a Conflict of Interest Guardian, Rob Bennett.  Rob sits on the Governing Body and is also the Chair of the Audit Committee. 

The role of the Conflicts of interest Guardian, with the support of the Corporate Affairs team, is to:

  • Act as a conduit for GP practice staff, members of the public and healthcare professionals who have any concerns with regards to conflicts of interest;
  • Be a safe point of contact for employees or workers of the CCG to raise any concerns in relation to this policy;
  • Support the rigorous application of conflict of interest principles and policies;
  • Provide independent advice and judgment where there is any doubt about how to apply conflicts of interest policies and principles in an individual situation;
  • Provide advice on minimising the risks of conflicts of interest.

A copy of our breach log can be found here viewed here

The CCG retains the registers of historic interests for a minimum of 6 years after the date on which it expires. For further information please contact the Corporate Affairs team.

Reporting breaches

The CCG will publish anonymised details of any breaches of Conflicts of Interest on this page. There are no breaches to report.

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