Expanded NHS Fraud Reference Guide launches

The NHS Fraud Reference Guide includes fraud definitions, detailed information on 13 key areas of fraud, including case examples and preventative advice.

Published: 31 March 2020

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As the NHS faces an unprecedented challenge in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that some people will take advantage of the crisis to commit fraud. The NHSCFA is closely monitoring reports of fraud against the NHS and providing advice and support to NHS bodies on how to protect their resources.

We know that our NHS colleagues are focused on delivering care to patients and defeating the virus, but we also know that fraud poses a real threat to valuable NHS resources, and we can all play our part in mitigating the risk.

What is the NHS Fraud Reference Guide

A simple but essential way in which you can help is knowing how to spot NHS fraud. Today we are releasing a significantly expanded version of the NHS Fraud Reference Guide which provides information on different types of fraud committed against the NHS along with preventative advice, case studies and other resources.

  • NHS fraud definitions - This section, released in March 2019, provides definitions for 123 types of fraud against the NHS.
  • Thematic areas - This new section, published today, provides a detailed look at 13 key areas of fraud, including information on how to spot fraud, case examples and preventative advice. The thirteen ‘thematic areas’ are the ones identified in the NHSCFA’s annual strategic intelligence assessment.
  • Dos and don’ts when reporting fraud - This section, also released today, includes a guide on what to do (and not to do) when suspecting fraud and some practical information on how to report it.

The NHS Fraud Reference Guide has been developed by the NHSCFA’s Fraud Prevention Unit (FPU), in collaboration with the Strategic Intelligence team (SIT), Organisational Development unit (OD) and our highly experienced and talented Digital team.

By making this resource available to NHS staff, counter fraud professionals and the wider public, we hope to increase awareness of the wide range of fraud risks faced by the NHS and help everyone who works in, uses or otherwise comes into contact with the NHS to play their part effectively in fighting fraud. This is perhaps especially important in times of crisis such as these.

If you have any suspicions or concerns about fraud against the NHS, please report it to the NHSCFA.

Take a look at the expanded NHS Fraud Reference Guide, and if you have any questions or any feedback please contact prevention@nhscfa.gov.uk

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