Standards of Conduct in Public Service Policy (including Business Conduct and Manager’s Code of Practice)

Document category: Trust wide policy

Document date: January 12, 2023

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (the ‘Trust’), and the people who work with and for us, collaborate closely with other organisations, delivering high quality care for our service users/patients. These partnerships have many benefits and should help ensure that public money is spent efficiently and wisely. But there is a risk that conflicts of interest may arise.

Providing best value for taxpayers and ensuring that decisions are taken transparently and clearly, are both key principles in the NHS Constitution.  We are committed to maximising our resources for the benefit of the whole community.  As a Trust and as individuals, we have a duty to ensure that all our dealings are conducted to the highest standards of integrity and that NHS monies are used wisely so that we are using our finite resources in the best interests of patients.

This policy replaces Standards of Conduct in Public Service Policy (May 2012). The structure follows the national model policy and incorporates Trust specific elements. All staff must follow the principles set out in the policy.

All staff are responsible for ensuring that they are not placed in a position which risks, or appears to risk, conflict between their private interests and their NHS duties.

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