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Countering fraud, bribery, corruption and theft

NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) leads on a wide range of work to protect NHS staff and resources from crime. It has national responsibility for tackling issues such as fraud, bribery, corruption and theft.

National Fraud Initiative (NFI) Privacy Notice

Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT) is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. We may share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.
The Cabinet Office conducts data matching exercises to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud as part of its responsibility for public sector efficiency and reform. Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 enables the Cabinet Office to process data as part of the National Fraud Initiative (NFI). 
DPT is a mandatory participant of the NFI which is a data matching exercise undertaken by the Cabinet Office to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Cabinet Office for each exercise, and these are set out in the Cabinet Office guidance, which can be found here 
Data matching involves comparing sets of data, such as payroll of a body against other records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information and Trust creditors’ data. The data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.
DPT’s legal basis to process this data is set out in Article 6 (c) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)  “processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject;”
Further information on the NFI privacy notice can be found here 
For further information on data matching at Devon Partnership NHS Trust contact Tracy Wheeler, Local Counter Fraud Specialist on 01752 431378 or

Bribery Act 2010

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011 with the aim to tackle bribery and corruption in both the public and private sectors. Devon Partnership NHS Trust welcomes the Act and the Board of Directors is committed to compliance with the Act.

One of the six principles of the Act demands that there is top level commitment in the organisation to the prevention of bribery. To this end, there is a clearly identified executive director lead on behalf of the Board of Directors – the Director of Finance.

As an NHS organisation we follow good NHS business practice and have robust controls in place to prevent bribery. However, as a Trust, we cannot afford to be complacent and it is important that all our employees, contractors, and agents, comply with Trust policies and procedures, particularly with regard to procurement, sponsorship, gifts/hospitality and declaring interests.

It is essential that everyone working for, or on behalf of, the Trust, is aware of the standards of behaviour expected of them. These standards are enshrined in Trust policy, setting out the ethics, professional conduct, and probity standards that are expected of all Trust employees in relation to their standards of business conduct.

On behalf of the Trust I confirm our commitment to ensuring that all staff are aware of their responsibilities in relation to the prevention of bribery and corruption.

Melanie Walker
Chief Executive