Counter Fraud

All NHS organisations are required by the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (the NHS body responsible for tackling all forms of crime against the NHS), to have in a Local Counter Fraud Specialist (LCFS) to combat fraud, bribery and corruption, and help safeguard NHS resources.

Our provider is CW Audit. Their LCFS’s are accredited and qualified to the required national standard to do this work.

Anyone who has suspicions of fraud within NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin can approach the LCFS confidentially and anonymously. This includes employees, agency staff, contractors and members of the public.

The activities of the LCFS include:

  • Carrying out an agreed programme of preventative counter fraud and corruption activity
  • Deciding whether internal/external referrals or matters raised through the whistleblowing process need to be investigated
  • Investigating cases in accordance with the NHS Standard Contract (Service Condition 24) and the NHS Fraud and Corruption Manual; ensuring a full and fair investigation
  • Reporting to the Executive Director of Finance (EDoF) to ensure she is kept up to date on all cases
  • Reporting to the Audit Committee on all counter fraud work undertaken at the ICB
  • Reporting any case to the police where necessary, in consultation with the EDoF, the Chief Accountable Officer and the NHS Counter Fraud Authority

How can I report suspicion of fraud?

If you’re reporting a suspicion of fraud, bribery or corruption, against the NHS, please provide as much information as possible. We can also offer you advice if you have a concern but are not sure if it is a fraud against the NHS.

For more information about the process, take a look at this fraud reporting flowchart.

 

Our nominated Local Counter Fraud Specialist is:

Paul Westwood

Mobile: 07545 502400

Secure email: pwestwood@nhs.net

Daily email: paul.westwood@cwaudit.org.uk

You can also report any concerns using the following referral form.

 

Our own Fraud Champion is Laura Clare who can be contacted directly using the main switchboard number or by emailing laura.clare@nhs.net

Other members of team are:

Richard Loydall: richard.loydall@cwaudit.org.uk

Fiona Dwyer: fiona.dwyer@cwaudit.org.uk

Malcolm Taylor: malcolm.taylor4@nhs.net

 

Information for witnesses

You may be required to be a witness because you have seen or been in contact with an aspect which relates to an investigation which is being conducted on behalf of NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, by either by the LCFS or the Police.

All members of staff are required to co-operate with any fraud investigation and provide evidence or be a witness. Failure to co-operate with an investigation by a member of staff, may result in disciplinary action.

All witnesses will be fully supported by the LCFS and NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

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