Fraud and corruption


ESNEFT’s anti-fraud and corruption culture

As a Trust we support the continued establishment and maintenance of a strong anti-fraud, bribery and corruption culture among all staff, contractors, the public and patients. Fraud is taken seriously and staff are made aware of how to identify and report fraud correctly.

The Trust endorses the right and duty of individual staff to raise any matters of concern they may have with the delivery of care or services to a patient of the Trust, or about financial malpractice, unlawful conduct, dangers to health and safety or the environment.

You can download our anti-fraud policy as part of our Publication Scheme – making information about ESNEFT services and organisation available to the public.

Prevention and detection of fraud

This Trust is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, or where undertaking a public function, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

We participate in the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative: a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified.

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), however the Cabinet Office set out how your data will be used and your rights on the Government website (Opens in a new window).

For further information on data matching at this Trust please email the Local Counter Fraud Specialist, or phone 07528 970 251.

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