The CCG is responsible for the stewardship of significant public resources when making decisions about the commissioning of health and social care services. In order to ensure and be able to evidence that these decisions secure the best possible services for the population it serves, the CCG must demonstrate accountability to relevant stakeholders, particularly the public, and probity and transparency in the decision-making process.
A key element of this assurance involves management of conflicts of interest with respect to any decisions made. The CCG manages conflicts of interest as part of its day-to-day activities. Effective handling of such conflicts is crucial for the maintenance of public trust in the commissioning system. Importantly, it also serves to give confidence to patients, providers, Parliament and tax payers that the CCG’s commissioning decisions are robust, fair, transparent and offer value for money.
The CCG has established a Standards of Business Conduct and Conflicts of Interest Policy. This policy sets out clear and robust procedures on how the CCG manages conflicts of interest.
Mr Pete Moore, Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee is the CCG Conflicts of Interest Guardian. The Conflicts of Interest Guardian is responsible for:
- being a safe point of contact for employees or workers of the CCG to raise any concerns in relation to the policy
- acting as a conduit for GP practice staff, members of the public and healthcare professionals who have any concerns regarding conflicts of interest
- providing support, independent advice and judgment on non-publication of conflicts and minimising risks
- providing advice on minimising the risk of conflicts of interest.
Mr Moore can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Declaration of interests register
In complying with the NHS England revised statutory guidance on Managing Conflicts of Interest (updated June 2017), it is a requirement that the CCG maintains and publishes a register of interests and gifts, hospitality and procurement.
All the aforementioned registers are maintained by the CCG’s Corporate Admin Team – please contact the CCG’s Board Sec or Deputy Board Sec for further information – Jules Ellis-Fenwick or Sarah Bates at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org