NHS counter fraud news – March 2019

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March 2019

Dear Colleague

Welcome to the latest round-up of news from the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA).

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Convicted NHS fraudster ordered to hand over all assets

This follows a financial investigation led by the NHS Counter Fraud Authority using powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA). Read more…

 

BBC One documentary ‘Fraud Squad NHS’ raises awareness of NHS fraud

The series, shown over one week in February, featured a selection of recent, successful prosecutions of NHS fraud. Investigators from the NHSCFA, NHS Counter Fraud Service Wales, NHS Scotland Counter Fraud Services, and local counter fraud services around the country appeared in the programme. ‘Fraud Squad NHS’ was a huge success, with 1.7 million people tuning in to watch the first episode and excellent ratings maintained throughout the week. Read more…

 

Updated guidance published on invoice and mandate fraud

Updated with expanded content on mandate fraud, the document provides guidance for Local Counter Fraud Specialists and finance staff working in the NHS on how to prevent and detect the most common types of invoice fraud. This resource is available on the Guidance page of the NHSCFA website.

 

Payroll fraud guidance updated

The guidance has been developed to provide an understanding of the payroll fraud threat facing the NHS as well as advice and guidance on how to respond to it effectively. It covers four main categories of payroll fraud: misrepresentation of qualifications/skills or experience, timesheet fraud, working while off sick, and expenses and allowances fraud. You can access the guidance on the NHSCFA website.

 

NHSCFA releases 2019-20 counter fraud standards

The standards cover the whole range of counter fraud work, from prevention to investigations. Read more…

 

What does a good counter fraud service look like?

Following a session at the HFMA’s audit committee conference in November 2018, Paul Tiffen (Quality and Compliance Development Manager) wrote a blog post reflecting on how partnership working is vital for counter fraud work. You can read it on the HFMA website.

 

NHS fraud highlighted in pharmacy newsletter

The Pharmacy Show 2018’s post-conference newspaper included an article from the NHSCFA on protecting NHS community pharmacy from fraud. You can read the article on pages 12-13 of the newspaper, which is available from the Pharmacy Show website.

Report NHS fraud

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A note for our readers in Scotland

Due to the nature of our distribution lists, some of our readers may be in Scotland. The NHSCFA leads the fight against NHS fraud in England, and we also provide specialist counter fraud support functions to the Welsh Government.

For any matters relating to NHS fraud in Scotland, please contact NHS Scotland Counter Fraud Services. If you would like to report a fraud against NHS Scotland, please call their fraud hotline 08000 15 16 28.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for NHS counter fraud news, please email us: comms@nhscfa.gsi.gov.uk