At Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust 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 1st July 2011 was introduced to make it easier to tackle the issue of bribery which is a damaging practice. Bribery can be defined as
‘Giving someone a financial or other advantage to encourage them to perform their function or activity improperly or reward them for having done so’.
In order to limit our exposure to bribery we have in place a clear Gifts and Hospitality, Conflict of Interest Policies, the Voicing a Concern (Whistleblowing) Policy, a Counter Fraud Policy, and a Local Counter Fraud Specialist who will investigate any allegation. We encourage staff to report any suspicion of bribery 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 may 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.