Tower Hamlets CCG is committed to the principles of good governance. This means we work to ensure that we are transparent, effective, ethical and implement open decision making. A large part of making sure this takes place is ensuring that we manage conflicts of interest that may arise in the course of our business activities.
Conflicts of Interest Management
A conflict of interest occurs where an individual’s ability to exercise judgement, or act in a role, is or could be impaired or otherwise influenced by his or her involvement in another role or relationship. As a clinical commissioning group, we manage conflicts of interest as part of our day-to-day activities. Effective handling of conflicts of interest is crucial to give confidence to patients, tax payers, healthcare providers and Parliament that CCG commissioning decisions are robust, fair and transparent and offer value for money.
The management of conflicts of interest is essential in order to protect healthcare professionals and maintain public trust in the NHS. Failure to manage this area appropriately could lead to legal challenge and even criminal action in the event of fraud, bribery and corruption. In order to adhere to both our statutory requirements and the principles of good governance, we have established a range of policies to manage conflicts, potential conflicts, gifts and hospitality, and whistleblowing to ensure that decisions made by the CCG will be taken and seen to be taken without any possibility of the influence of external or private interests.
Another aspect of this management is in the form of the range of registers kept at the CCG. We hold a register of interests of the Governing Body and Decision Makers (as outlined in the NHSE Guidance 2017) which are available for the public on this page. We also hold employee conflict of interest registers at our head office as well as historical registers and hard copies. The Governing Body and Decision Makers registers are available in paper form at every Governing Body meeting.
The CCG is also required to have a Conflict of Interest Guardian and at Tower Hamlets CCG this is Mariette Davis, our Lay Member for Governance and Audit. If you wish to contact the Conflict of Interest Guardian, please do so via the contact details below.
The CCG is committed to publishing anonymised details of breaches of conflicts of interest on the CCG website. When such conflicts occur, Tower Hamlets CCG is required to report these to NHS England. Follow this link to view Breaches of Conflicts of Interest and how Tower Hamlets CCG manages and investigates breaches.
Gifts and Hospitality
We also are committed to managing our gifts and hospitality effectively in line with the latest NHS England guidance and good governance principles.
A register of gifts and hospitality is maintained and robust processes are in place to ensure that such individuals consider the risks associated with accepting gifts or hospitality or other benefits when undertaking activities for or on behalf of the CCG or their GP practice, which might reasonably be seen to compromise their professional judgement or integrity.
The register is updated regularly updated with new gifts or hospitality declarations as per the NHSE Guidance 2017.
Queries and Hard Copies of Registers
Our most recent registers are available to download on this page and hard copies of the current register and historical registers are available at our head office at Mile End Hospital, E1 4DG. You can also request copies of the CCG's registers by contacting the CCG's Governance Team:
- Justin Phillips (Governance Manager): email@example.com or 020 3688 2522
- Sophia Beckingham (Governance Officer): firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 3688 2530
Alternatively, you can contact the CCG on 020 3688 2500 or by emailing email@example.com and ask to speak to a member of the Corporate Affairs team.
Mariette Davis is the CCG's Conflict of Interest Guardian and acts as a conduit for GP Practice Staff, members of the public and healthcare professionals who have any concerns regarding conflicts of interest and its management. If you wish to contact the Conflict of Interest Guardian, please do so via the Governance Team as above or via the generic email address.
“If conflicts of interest are not managed effectively by CCGs, confidence in the probity of commissioning decisions and the integrity of clinicians involved could be seriously undermined. However, with good planning and governance, CCGs should be able to avoid these risks.”