CCGs ordered to appoint ‘conflicts of interest guardian’

Renaud-Komiya, N. HSJ. Published online: 31st March 2016

  • CCGs required to appoint ‘conflicts of interest’ guardian under sweeping changes to guidance proposed by NHS England
  • Proposals for the use of tougher legal sanctions on both providers and commissioners failing to manage conflicts of interest

Clinical commissioning groups will be required to nominate a “conflicts of interest guardian” as part of a system-wide overhaul of conflicts of interest policy, NHS England has announced.

Among the changes will be a requirement for a guardian in each CCG to act as a point of contact and expertise on procurement decisions and interaction with commercial organisations.

The proposals will be presented to NHS England’s board meeting on Thursday morning, and have been produced to accompany the publication of an audit reviewing conflicts of interest management in CCGs that co-commission primary care.

Other changes include:

  • requiring CCGs to have at least three lay members on each governing body to better manage conflicts of interest (COI);
  • mandating commissioners to have “robust” processes for managing breaches in their COI policy – and to publish any breaches on their website; and
  • the introduction of compulsory online COI training for CCG staff and the workforce in all member practices, provided by NHS England.

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