Countering fraud in the NHS


Fraud against the NHS means that the money intended for patient care, and funded by the taxpayer, ends up in the pockets of those who did not legitimately earn it. It means fewer resources are available to be spent on frontline health services such as patient care, health care facilities, doctors, nurses and other staff. Fraud, bribery, corruption and other illegal acts committed to obtain financial or professional gain, cost the NHS billions of pounds every year.

NHS Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is committed to maintaining an honest and open approach to best fulfil the objectives of the NHS. This means the CCG operate a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and bribery. Such conduct, at any level, is unacceptable.

The CCG ensures that there are effective controls in place throughout the organisation, including stringent policies and internal systems to prevent and detect bribery, in accordance with the Bribery Act 2010, and to counter fraud by ensuring compliance with the NHS Counter Fraud Authority Standards for Commissioners.

What is fraud?
Fraud happens when someone makes a deliberate attempt to dishonestly make a gain for themselves or another, or cause a loss to another. This may include any person who makes a false representation or dishonestly fails to disclose to another person information which they are under a legal duty to disclose, or commits fraud by abuse of position, including any offence as defined in the Fraud Act 2006. Examples of the three main fraud offences are provided below. Further information can be found in our Anti-Fraud Policy.

fraud types

What is bribery?
Bribery refers to the giving or receiving of an inducement, in return for a person committing an improper function. It is an offence to give or receive a bribe, or even offer or accept, even if the briber is never paid. A bribe is any inducement, financial or not, to encourage or reward someone to do something they should not do. The four main offences under the Bribery Act 2010 are detailed below. Further information can be found in our Bribery Policy.

counter fraud chart

What can I do?

The first steps are being aware of the risk and remaining vigilant. You should also know how to report any suspicions or concerns you may have about fraud and/or bribery.

Enfield CCG contracts RSM to provide the CCG’s Counter Fraud service. Suspicions and concerns can be reported to the CCG’s Local Counter Fraud Specialist, Erin Sims on 07800 617456 or via email at erin.sims@rsmuk.com  / erin.sims@nhs.net 

Alternatively, you can call the NHS Counter Fraud Authority’s 24-hour reporting line anonymously on 0800 028 4060, or confidentially online at www.cfa.nhs.uk/reportfraud.