P_CoG_03 Standards of Business Conduct and Conflicts of Interest Policy (including Hospitality, Gifts, Sponsorship and Advertising)

 This policy sets out clear and robust procedures for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust to ensure that all staff are aware of the principles contained within the Bribery Act 2010, the Standards of Business Conduct for NHS staff (Department of Health 2008), the Code of Practice for the Promotion of NHS Funded Services (Department of Health 2008), the Commercial Sponsorship: Ethical Standards for the NHS (Department of Health 2000), the Standards for Members of NHS Boards and Clinical Commissioning bodies in England (Professional Standards Authority 2012), the Ethical Standards for NHS Board Members in England: Interim Report (CHRE, 2011) and the content of the organisation’s Standing Orders, Reservation and Delegation of Powers and Standing Financial Instructions in relation to declaring hospitality, gifts, sponsorship and advertising.

The policy is intended to:

  • ensure staff are aware of the need to act impartially in all of their work
  • protect all staff against the possibility of accusations of corruptive practice
  • uphold the established principles of business conduct within the NHS and the public sector
  • uphold the reputation of Lincolnshire Community Health Services and its staff in the way it conducts its business
  • ensure staff do not contravene the requirements of the Bribery Act 2010
  • uphold the principles of openness

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