Conflicts of interest

What is a conflict of interest?

A conflict of interest could be defined as any situation in which an individual’s personal interests or responsibilities may, or may appear to, influence their decision-making.

The most common types of conflicts of interest include:

  • direct financial interests
  • indirect financial interests
  • non-financial personal interests
  • indirect interests
Why is it important to manage conflicts of interest?

Enfield CCG is responsible for the stewardship of public resources in commissioning services for the community.

Therefore, it is important to manage conflicts of interest to:

  • Protect the integrity of the CCG’s decision making
  • Avoid improper influence and prevent fraud
  • Ensure decisions comply with the law
  • Fulfil the CCG’s duty to look after public money
  • Support the principles of honesty, fairness, transparency and equality
  • Ensure Enfield patients receive the best possible care.
How do we manage conflicts of interest?

Enfield CCG has put in place processes and procedures to manage any conflicts and give confidence that our decision making is robust, fair and transparent. These processes and procedures are detailed in our conflicts of interest policy, which is updated regularly in line with NHS England’s guidance on conflicts of interest.

The CCG’s Governing Body members, employees, and any other individuals who act on the CCG’s behalf regularly update a declaration of interest register. Members will also raise any emerging issues or specific interests at the start of meetings, including Governing Body meetings.

What happens when a conflict of interest is identified?

When a conflict of interest is identified it is the responsibility of the individual to disclose the interest.

At meetings the individual must make a declaration if there is a conflict of interest and in most instances will be removed from the decision making on that particular issue. All decisions and details of how any conflict of interest issue has been managed is recorded in the minutes of the meeting.

CCG staff members are required to inform their line manager and the governance team about any conflict of interest they have or think they may have.

For more information

For more information and to view our conflicts of interest registers please see the downloads section on the right hand side of this page.