Member resource – the following guidance will be useful to senior managers and third parties supporting clinical commissioning groups and GP member practices, as they also play an important role in recognising, reporting and managing conflicts of interest at every level within the CCG and its decision-making arrangements

CCG members and staff in a position of trust in relation to the commissioning and provision of healthcare and treatment are likely to face conflicts of interest and it is important that all involved in CCGs are aware of how to recognise and manage such conflicts.

‘Governing bodies have robust and effective processes for decision making, as outlined in their constitution, that support and maintain transparency and accountability at every level.’

Conflicts of interest may arise where an individual’s personal, or a connected person’s interests and/or loyalties conflict with those of the CCG. Such conflicts may create problems such as inhibiting free discussion, which could:

  • result in decisions or actions that are not in the interests of the CCG and the public it was established to serve; and
  • risk the impression that the CCG has acted improperly.

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