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Managing conflicts of interest

Peter Munday

NHS Cheshire CCG’s Conflicts of Interest Policy reflects guidance issued by NHS England and is designed to ensure that such potential conflicts are identified and managed appropriately. This policy should also be read in conjunction with the Procurement Policy and Whistleblowing Policy.

All members of the CCG’s Governing Body, CCG staff and General Practices must declare any interests they have that might conceivably conflict with their work in the CCG. The CCG’s Register of Interests can be viewed here.

As detailed within the CCG’s Conflicts of Interest Policy, the CCG has appointed the CCGs Governance, Audit and Risk Committee Chair, as the CCG Conflicts of Interest Guardian. This role is currently undertaken by Peter Munday (pictured), Independent Lay Member for Governance.

The Conflicts of Interest Guardian shall:

  • Act as a conduit for GP practice staff, members of the public and healthcare professionals who have any concerns with regards to conflicts of interest;
  • Be a safe point of contact for employees or workers of the CCG to raise any concerns in relation to this policy;
  • Support the rigorous application of conflict of interest principles and policies;
  • Provide independent advice and judgment where there is any doubt about how to apply conflicts of interest policies and principles in an individual situation;
  • Provide advice on minimising the risks of conflicts of interest.
  • Attest annually to the NHS England Board that the CCG has:
    o Had due regard to the statutory guidance on managing conflicts of interest; and
    o Implemented and maintained sufficient safeguards for the commissioning of primary care.

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 Gifts, Hospitality and Sponsorship and a Register of Procurement Decisions and Register of Breaches.

All the aforementioned registers are maintained by the CCG’s Governance and Corporate Development Directorate.

Previous registers (up to 6 years ago) can be requested from the Corporate Risk and Assurance Manager via workingtogetherascheshire@nhs.net