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.
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.