Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) manage conflicts of interest as part of their 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 CCG commissioning decisions are robust, fair, transparent and offer value for money.
NHS North Durham CCG has a CO18-Standards of Business Conduct and Declaration of Interest Policy V3. The policy includes guidance about declarations and conflicts of interest. The CCG has put in place, robust arrangements to develop and monitor its registers of interest in accordance with the policy.
NHS staff are expected to:
- ensure that the interests of patients remain paramount at all times,
- be impartial and honest in the conduct of their official business,
- use the public funds entrusted to them to the best advantage of the service, always ensuring value for money,
- register with the CCG any interest outside the workplace which could be construed as affecting any part of their work within the CCG.
Members of the CCG’s Council of Members, Governing Body and Committees who act on behalf of the CCG must also do so in accordance with the Standards of Business Conduct and Declarations of Interest Policy. They must ensure that they are not placed in a position that risks, or appears to risk, conflict between their private interests and their NHS duties.
The register is reviewed and updated regularly in line with the CCG’s policy.