A Conflict of Interest can be defined as a situation that arises when a person that has a private or personal interest significant enough to influence the way they make a decision.
Conflicts of Interest can arise in the work of CCGs in a variety of ways. For example, the CCG may wish to commission a service based at a GP surgery. This would be more convenient for patients and cheaper than treatment in hospital. At the same time, the GP practice would have a financial interest in becoming the provider of this service. So if members of the practice became involved in the process of deciding to commission or awarding the service, they would be potentially conflicted. It would not be clear that they favoured the decision because of the convenience of patients rather than their own financial gain.
Our Conflict of Interest policy has been updated to reflect new guidance issued by NHS England and is designed to ensure that such potential conflicts are identified and managed appropriately. All members of the CCG Governing Body and CCG staff must declare any interests they have that might conceivably conflict with their work in the CCG. These are recorded in the Register of Interests for Members, a document that is updated regularly at meetings in public. The CCG Staff Register of Interests is maintained by the Governance and Engagement team and is available on request.
One of the Lay Members of the CCG Governing Body, Ian Blair, has been appointed ‘Conflict of Interest Guardian’ with specific responsibilities set out in the Conflict of Interest policy. She is responsible for providing impartial and unconflicted advice and judgement to the Governing Body in cases where it is not obvious whether a material conflict exists or how best to manage it. In such cases she defines a reasonable balance so as to avoid conflicts whilst enabling the CCG to harness the knowledge of clinicians and other staff for commissioning so as to improve care to patients and value for money to the taxpayer.
In complying with the NHS England revised statutory guidance on Managing Conflicts of Interest (updated June 2016), it is a requirement that the CCG maintains and publishes a Register of Gifts, Hospitality and Sponsorship.
If you would like to request a copy of the Conflicts of Interest or Gifts and Hospitality register please contact us on;
Governance and Assurance Team