Fraud Champion nominations
The role and duties of Fraud Champion includes (please see below for more details):
- Promote awareness of fraud, bribery and corruption within your organisation,
- Understand the threat posed by fraud, bribery and corruption and,
- Understand best practice on counter fraud.
As a fraud champion, we want them to commit to joining the fight and promoting a zero-tolerance approach to fraud within your own organisation.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your nomination form and complete sections B and D. Your nomination for fraud champion will then be sent a learning module to complete and once this module has been completed, then they will join the fraud champion network.
Overview of the Fraud Champion role
This is designed to give NHS organisations an overview of a Fraud Champion’s role and is not intended to be an extensive job description.
A Fraud Champion should be committed to introducing and promoting a zero-tolerance approach to fraud within their organisation. The Fraud Champion’s role forms part of an NHS organisation’s counter fraud provision. Having a Fraud Champion is an essential part of the Government Functional Standard GovS 013: Counter Fraud, which will be introduced across the NHS by the end of 2020-21.
The role of a champion is an established approach across the NHS. By launching a network of Fraud Champions in all NHS organisations, NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) wants to strengthen the fight against fraud and raise awareness in each individual organisation.
Fraud Champions will support and promote the fight against fraud at a strategic level and with other colleagues within their own organisation. Fraud Champions will also support Local Counter Fraud Specialists in the work that they already do.
The role of Fraud Champion is envisaged as something that can be added to an existing role. Roles which could be suitable for nomination as a fraud champion include a deputy director of finance, HR director, a senior governance lead or a person who is senior within the organisation and has enough influence to raise awareness of fraud, at a minimum of an NHS band 8a role. They must be directly employed by the organisation that they represent.
The role of a fraud champion is to:
- Promote and raise awareness of fraud, bribery and corruption within the organisation
- Understand the threat posed by fraud, bribery and corruption by monitoring the intelligence provided as part of NHSCFA’s strategic intelligence assessment
- Understand the level and quality of counter fraud provision received by the organisation by using the benchmarking information provided by NHSCFA, and raise any successes, concerns or opportunities for improvement with the director of finance and/or audit committee chair
- Support counter fraud colleagues in ensuring that all information relating to fraud is recorded and reported (if this is not undertaken then it could impact on your organisation as well as the sector as potential fraud alerts will not be shared)
- Contribute to the sharing of information and best practice on counter fraud via NHSCFA’s extranet (this is currently being re-developed)
- Raise awareness of fraud at a strategic level and supporting the work that Local Counter Fraud Specialists already do
- Facilitate and support fraud awareness and fraud prevention work within the organisation and ensure that everyone knows how to recognise and report fraud
- Ensure that fraud risks are recorded and managed in line with the organisation’s risk management policy
- Escalate any fraud concerns to the director of finance and/or audit committee chair
Frequently asked questions
Here are some commonly asked questions about Fraud Champions.
The documentation you have issued details the role sitting at a strategic level. Can you clarify what is meant by this and provide an example role within an NHS organisation that would adequately cover your interpretation of strategic level?
Someone who is part of the senior management team and can influence at board level.
In relation to the Fraud Champion’s strategic role, can you confirm what the NHSCFA’s expectation is about how this will be operated practically. For example, will they have the right to attend the Audit Committee? Is their role to challenge the DOF/CFO about fraud commitment and delivery? Does their role include scrutinising the LCFS and their work delivery?
It is up to the organisation about how they operate the role of Champion in their organisation.
NHSCFA's view is that the role of champion would be to support and challenge the organisation in relation to its commitment to fraud work. The Champion should support the LCFS but they would not be involved in their specialist work. The Champion role may include challenging work that has been conducted, for example if there are no measurable outcomes from fraud work.
Can the DOF/CFO be nominated as an organisation’s Fraud Champion as they already have defined responsibility for fraud, bribery and corruption? If not, please explain.
The role of Champion should be a separate and new role creating more resource to drive the fraud agenda and support both the DOF/CFO and LCFS locally.
Can an organisation’s directly employed LCFS be nominated as their Fraud Champion? If not, please explain.
Many NHS organisations outsource their fraud provision to agencies and consortia. Can someone employed by the bought in service deliver the role of Fraud Champion on behalf of the NHS organisation?
They should be a directly employed person at the organisation not contracted in as part of a service.
Can the Audit Committee Chair or a Lay Member be nominated as an organisation’s Fraud Champion? If not, please explain.
A fraud champion needs to work day-to-day within their own organisation.
Can an organisation’s Freedom to Speak Up Guardian be appointed as the Fraud Champion and perform both roles? A part of their role is already is to signpost fraud concerns to the LCFS.
Yes, although only the Lead Guardian can undertake the fraud champion role and that is on the understanding that the Lead Guardian position at the organisation is not held by the LCFS or the CFO.
Will the newly appointed Fraud Champions be vetted by the NHSCFA? If so, what will this involve?
They will become a fraud champion once they have passed the initial learning module.
Will the newly appointed Fraud Champions be required to undertake DBS checks before appointment?
DBS checking is a matter for the employer.
How many Fraud Champions does the NHSCFA expect an organisation to have and is this number determined by the size of the organisation?
A minimum of one person per organisation .
Does the NHSCFA have a minimum number of hours a week/month that they expect the Fraud Champion to work?
This is a new role and the requirements may vary across different organisations.
Does the NHSCFA expect this to be a newly created paid for post (similar to Freedom to Speak Up Guardian) or added to a employee’s current job role?
The role of Champion is envisaged as something that can be added to an existing role.
Who does the NHSCFA expect the Fraud Champion to report to? LCFS? DOF/CFO? Audit Committee?
See question 2 - It is up to the organisation about how they operate.
Will the Fraud Champion play any role in an NHS criminal fraud investigation conducted by the LCFS?
Will the Fraud Champion have access to FIRST/CLUE?
Will the Fraud Champion have access to the Extranet?
Is there any plan to deliver any additional training/input to the newly appointed Fraud Champions outside of the initial elearning module?
There will be further training throughout the year, and this is currently being developed. If anyone wants to get involved, then please let us know.
Will the LCFS be sent the Fraud Champion learning module by the NHSCFA to be aware of what the training is, and what expectations are?
The module is a learning tool with a short test about the contents of that module. There isn't currently any plans to send the learning module to the LCFS.
The standards set out the requirements to publicise the NHSCFA’s fraud reporting mechanisms as well as local contacts. Does the NHSCFA expect that Fraud Champions to be listed as a route to report fraud concerns?
No, but supporting those who report fraud and encouraging a positive organisational approach to the reporting of fraud is part of the role.
Will the role of a fraud champion be included in the 2020-21 NHSCFA fraud standards and explain what will happen where a fraud champion has not been nominated?
We are encouraging all organisations to have a fraud champion as part of best practice. We are considering inclusion of the role in our standards in line with work taking place across government to develop common standards for counter fraud.
Is there now or planned for the future, a formal Fraud Champion role specification document?
There is not currently a specification as organisations may have slightly different needs and approaches, but this is something that could be developed working with the champions network as it develops.