Countering fraud, bribery, corruption and theft

NHS Protect 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.

Protecting Public funds

Devon Partnership NHS Trust is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, or where undertaking a public function, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

We participate in the Cabinet Office's National Fraud Initiative: a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise.

The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice which can be found here.

You can access further information on the Cabinet Office's legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information. 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