South West Lincolnshire 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. South West Lincolnshire 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 South West Lincolnshire CCG commissioning decisions are robust, fair, transparent and offer value for money.
All members of NHS South West Lincolnshire CCG Governing Body understand and are committed to the practice of good governance and to the legal and regulatory frameworks in which they operate.
All members of the NHS South West Lincolnshire CCG Governing Body abide by the Standards for Members for NHS Boards and Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Bodies in England, and also the ICSA CCG Code of Governance.
Standards of Business Conduct and Conflicts of Interest Policy
Successful commissioning depends on maintaining the confidence and respect of the local community. Reputation is a key tool for commissioners, and it is critical that the GP’s parallel roles in commissioning and direct service provision are not seen to be effected by any factors which might damage public confidence.
The aim of this policy is to protect both the organisation and the individuals involved from any appearance of impropriety and demonstrate transparency to the public and other interested parties.
This policy is intended to:
- Ensure staff are aware of the need to act impartially in all of their work
Protect all staff against the possibility of accusations of corruptive practice
Uphold the established principles of business conduct within the NHS and the public sector
Uphold the reputation of South Lincolnshire CCG and its staff in the way it conducts its business
Ensure staff do not contravene the requirements of the Bribery Act 2010
Uphold the principles of openness