At University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) we value our reputation for top quality care and financial probity, and conduct our business in an ethical manner.
The Bribery Act 2010, effective from 1 July 2011 was introduced to make it easier to tackle the issue of bribery which is a damaging practice. Bribery can be defined as
‘Offering, promising, giving, soliciting or accepting a financial or other advantage as an inducement for an action which is illegal, unethical or a breach of trust’.
In order to limit our exposure to bribery we have in place a clear Anti Fraud and Bribery Policy and other policies including a Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy and a Raising Concerns Policy designed to ensure staff are aware of what is expected of them. We encourage staff to report any suspicion of bribery to our Local Counter Fraud Specialist and rigorously investigate any allegations. In addition we hold a register of interest for directors, staff, and governors and ask staff not to accept gifts or hospitality that will compromise them or the Trust.
The Board of Directors carries out its business in an open and transparent way. We are committed to the prevention of bribery as well as to combating fraud and expect those organisations we work with to do the same. Doing business in this way enables us to reassure our patients, members and stakeholders that public funds are properly safeguarded.
Sir Robert Naylor
On behalf of the UCLH Board of Directors