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Notice of CCG closure

From 1 July 2022 please visit our new ICB website

On 1 July 2022, the six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent closed down and the functions of the CCGs transferred to a new NHS organisation, known as an integrated care board. The new organisation is responsible for NHS spend and the day-to-day running of the NHS in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Therefore, South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group no longer exists and the responsibilities of the CCG, along with the other CCGs in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, have transferred to the new NHS Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board (ICB).

These changes have taken place under the new Health and Care Act 2022, which amongst other things aims to tackle health inequalities and create safer, more joined-up services that will put the health and care system on a more sustainable footing. There are no changes to how local residents access NHS frontline services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent as part of these changes.

From 1 July 2022 if you visit this website, you will be re-directed to the new ICB website.

Countering Fraud in the NHS

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Countering Fraud, Bribery and Corruption in the NHS

Welcome to the Counter Fraud, Bribery and Corruption section which contains important information, guidance and advice for countering fraud, bribery and corruption in the NHS. We all know that the majority of people who work in and use the NHS are honest, but a minority will seek to defraud it. It’s important that we are all aware of the types of fraud that are committed and are not afraid to report fraudulent behaviour.

One of the basic principles of the NHS is the proper use of public funds. It is therefore important that all staff working in the public sector are aware of the risk of fraud, bribery, corruption, theft, and other illegal acts involving dishonesty.

Whether you are an NHS employee, contractor, supplier of goods and services or a member of the public, your input is crucial to help us tackle fraud and corruption in the health service. Anyone can report concerns about fraud in the NHS.

Do you know what fraud is? 

Fraud is wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain. 

Why is fraud an issue for the NHS? 

Fraud costs the tax payer billions of pounds each year. The NHS share of this is likely to run into at least hundreds of millions of pounds.  As we all know the NHS is in financial difficulty, saving money lost through fraud is important as it is money that can be used for patient services and staff costs.  

How can we stop fraud in the NHS?

Everyone working in the NHS has a role to play to stop fraud, for example by remaining vigilant, following agreed upon procedures and raising concerns.  Local Counter Fraud Specialists work within the NHS to prevent, detect and investigate fraud. 


How might fraud in the NHS look?

Below are some examples of the types of fraud committed against the NHS:

What can we do about fraud?

The NHS has a zero-tolerance approach to fraud. Three courses of action are considered where a fraud is found. Any one of these, or a combination of them, can be used.

  • Fraudsters will be prosecuted where there is sufficient evidence to support a case
  • Criminal and Civil powers will be used to recover lost monies from fraudsters
  • Disciplinary action will normally result in dismissal, and for professionals with expulsion from their professional body

Bribery and Corruption

Fraud is not the only threat to the NHS.  Bribery and corruption is also a key concern.  It is illegal to pay, offer, take or ask for a bribe.

The risk of bribery is more common in some roles than others.  For example, staff in a procurement team might be offered bribes when large contracts are being awarded.  

The NHS takes bribery very seriously.  If you feel someone is trying to unduly influence you or your decisions, please treat it in the same way as a suspected fraud.