The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) is a health authority charged with identifying, investigating and preventing fraud and other economic crime within the NHS and the wider health group.

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

Our mission

Our mission is to lead the fight against fraud affecting the NHS and wider health service, and protect vital resources intended for patient care.

Our vision

Our vision is to lead and proactively support the NHS to understand, find, prevent and respond to fraud.

Our purpose

Our purpose is to;

  • Provide leadership and expertise in counter fraud as a valued NHS partner
  • Collaborate nationally and locally withthe NHS to understand fraud threats,vulnerabilities and enablers
  • Deliver intelligence-led counter fraud services to find, respond to and prevent fraud
  • Reduce the impact of fraud on the NHS
  • Work with partners to deliver financial savings that can be reinvested in patient care.

The NHSCFA's departmental sponsor is the Department of Health and Social Care Anti-Fraud Unit (DHSC AFU), which holds the NHSCFA board to account for the delivery of its strategy. Statutory Instrument 2017 No 958 sets out the establishment and constitution of the organisation. Schedule 2, parts 1 and 2, details the requirements for specific roles which make up our board. To find out more about the role of the NHSCFA board and its members please see the Our board page.

Our remit covers the NHS and the wider health group in England. In Wales we provide specialist counter fraud support functions to the Welsh Government under section 83 of the Government of Wales Act 2006. Please see the NHS Counter Fraud Service Wales page for more details.

Introducing the NHS Counter Fraud Authority

Sue Frith, Chief Executive Officer of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority, provides a short introduction to the organisation.


For more information about our work and how we are held to account for it, please visit the What we do page.