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CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

A conflict of interest occurs where an individual’s ability to exercise judgement or act in a role is, could be, or is seen to be impaired or otherwise influenced by his or her involvement in another role or relationship.

The four most common types of conflicts of interest are:

Financial interests

where an individual may get a direct financial benefit from the consequences of a commissioning decision

Non-financial professional interests

where an individual may obtain professional benefit from the consequences of a commissioning decision

Non-financial personal interests

where and individual may benefit personally in ways which are not directly linked to their professional career and do not give rise to a direct financial benefit

Indirect interests

where an individual has a close association with an individual who has one of the three interests listed above

Why management of conflicts of interest is important

NHS North Norfolk CCG is responsible for commissioning healthcare services to improve the health and wellbeing of people who live here. It decides which services the people of South Norfolk most need 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.

Management of conflicts of interests:

·         Ensures our patients receive the best possible care

·         Protects the integrity of the CCG’s decision-making processes and decisions

·         Ensures decisions are legal and can be defended in the case of a  challenge

·         Ensure that the CCG fulfil its duty to look after public money

·         Avoids improper influence and prevents fraud

·         Ensures honesty, fairness, transparency and equality in the way we spend money

How NHS North Norfolk CCG manages conflicts of interest

NHS North Norfolk 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 at NHS North Norfolk CCG. 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 allows 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, including excluding that person from any decision-making in relation to their conflict. 

All documents on this page are available on request from the CCG office.

NHS North Norfolk Registers of Interests

Governing Body and Council of Members Register

CCG Staff Register

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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