The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) was established on 1 November 2017 as a new special health authority leading the fight against fraud, bribery and corruption in the NHS and wider health service.

The NHSCFA’s first annual report and accounts , published today, provides a detailed look at the organisation’s performance and use of resources up to the end of the 2017-18 financial year.

Within the framework set by our 2017-2020 strategy ‘Leading the fight against NHS fraud’, the NHSCFA’s 2017-18 business plan identified our objectives for the first five months of the organisation’s existence, up to 31 March 2018. The annual report explains how we have delivered against those objectives.

As a new special health authority, since our establishment we have set up corporate governance arrangements ensuring we are accountable to Parliament for the resources entrusted to us. The annual report summarises the arrangements and provides the organisation’s financial accounts for 2017-18.

Sue Frith, the NHSCFA’s interim chief executive officer, said: “In its first five months of operation the NHSCFA made very good progress towards delivering our three-year strategy to lead the fight against fraud in the NHS and the wider health service. I’d like to thank all our stakeholders across the NHS and beyond for their support as we established our new structure and operating model, and I’m deeply grateful to all our staff and the interim Board for their contributions in delivering all of this in 2017-18. I hope this annual report will be a useful and informative read for all those interested in NHS counter fraud work.”

As a special health authority focused entirely on counter fraud work, the NHSCFA is independent from other NHS bodies and is directly accountable to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Our departmental sponsor is the DHSC Anti-Fraud Unit.

Our annual report and accounts will be presented at a public meeting of the NHSCFA board on 25 September 2018 (please see the meeting agenda for more details).