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Policy Statement

The Trust is committed to ensuring that high standards of public service values are maintained across all its activities. The Trust will ensure that public funds are properly safeguarded and that at all times the Board and its staff will conduct its business as efficiently and effectively as possible.

The Trust is committed to ensuring the achievement of value for money from the public funds with which it is entrusted and to demonstrating high ethical standards of personal conduct. The Trust’s constitution requires the Board of Directors to make declarations of actual or potential interest where that interest might relate to a contract or other matter considered by the Trust. In addition, the Trust’s Standing Orders set out the duties of the Board of Directors and senior managers to declare relevant and material interests. The Trust is also required to ensure adequate procedures are in place to prevent bribery and corruption.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 introduced new provisions giving specific duties to Directors to avoid situations where there might or could be a conflict of interest with the Trust’s activities. The Act makes clear that any direct or indirect interest in a proposed transaction or arrangement with the organisation must be declared.


The Board expects its staff to adhere to the following principles:

  • Ensure that the interests of patients remain paramount at all times;
  • be impartial and honest in the conduct of their official business;
  • use the public funds entrusted to them to the best advantage of the service, always ensuring value for money.


It is also the responsibility of staff to ensure that they do not:

  • abuse their official position for personal gain or to benefit their family or friends;
  • seek to advantage or further private business or other interests in the course of their official duties.


This Policy is also in accordance with the Trust’s own 4 values:

  • ‘Patients First’
  • ‘Personal Responsibility’
  • ‘Passion for Excellence’
  • ‘Pride in our Team’


Medical and dental staff are also expected to adhere to the Code of conduct for Private Practice which forms part of the core contract for Consultant staff (Appendix 1).


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: George Roe, Head of Corporate Affairs
Ratified by: Trust Executive Committee
Date Ratified: September 2014
Date Issued: October 2014
Review Date: September 2016
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: George Roe, Head of Corporate Affairs


See also:

  • Hospitality Policy
  • Standing Orders