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Local counter fraud specialist

Local Counter Fraud Specialist

We have a Local Counter Fraud service provided for Wye Valley NHS Trust who hold the required accreditation to undertake such work.

The Trust is responsible for the administration of public funds for the purpose of providing health care to the community we serve. It is recognised that the existence of fraud and corruption threaten to prevent these funds providing maximum benefit to patients. The Trust takes a robust response to these threats as reflected in the Counter Fraud and Corruption Policy and by developing an organisational culture that is intolerant of fraud and corruption.

Suspicions of fraud and corruption may be referred by staff, patients, visitors or others in any instance where the NHS has been defrauded either internally or externally. The Local Counter Fraud Specialist will undertake an investigation and look to gather evidence that can be used to support a criminal prosecution.

NHS Counter Fraud Authority

Counter fraud work in the NHS is governed by the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (previously NHS Protect). This is a health authority charged with overall responsibility/strategic oversight for identifying, investigating and preventing fraud and other economic crime within the NHS and the wider health group. The NHSCFA is independent from other NHS bodies and directly accountable to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

Trust Board Statement: Counter fraud and bribery

To read the Trust Board statement regarding Counter fraud and bribery

How to report Fraud

Concerns of fraud, bribery and/or corruption can be reported:

To report fraud contact our local counter fraud specialist Manjit Sandhu, email or call on 07483 965116.

To the NHS Counter Fraud via their Corruption Reporting Line, between 8am and 6pm - 0800 028 4060.  More information can be found by visiting the NHS Counter fraud Authority website. 

Data matching

We are required by law to protect the public funds we administer. We may share information provided with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud. 

We participate in the Cabinet Office's National Fraud Initiative (NFI): a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud – see Government guidance taking part in national fraud initiative

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to determine the extent of the match. This is usually personal information. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out. 

The processing of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under data protection legislation or the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  For further information on the reasons why it matches particular information, see Government fair processing level 3  

For further information on data matching at Wye Valley NHS Trust please contact Manjit Sandhu Local Counter Fraud Specialist, by emailing Further information on how the NFI has assisted the NHS and other public sector organisations can also be found at Government website national fraud prevention.



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