Conflict of interest
Conflict of interest in the NHS and CCGs
A Conflict of Interest can be defined as when a person is in a situation when they have a private or personal interest significant enough to influence the way they make a decision.
Conflicts of Interest can arise in the work of CCGs in a variety of ways. For example, the CCG may wish to commission a community dermatology service based at a GP surgery. This would be more convenient for patients and cheaper than treatment in hospital. At the same time, the GP practice would have a financial interest in becoming the provider of this service. So if members of the practice became involved in the process of deciding to commission the service they would have a potentially conflicted interest. It would not be clear that they favoured the decision because of the convenience of patients rather than their own financial gain.
Managing conflict of interest in Lambeth CCG
NHS Lambeth CCG is committed to the principles of transparent and open decision making. We have established a policy to manage conflicts and potential conflicts of interest to ensure that decisions made by the CCG will be taken and seen to be taken without any possibility of the influence of external or private interests.
Our Standards of Business Conduct including Conflict of Interest Policy and Register of Interests are available on our Publications page, you can also follow the link at the top of the page.