Managing conflicts of interest in the NHS: A consultation

Closed 31 Oct 2016

Opened 19 Sep 2016


In March 2016 the NHS England Board announced that a Task and Finish Group of experts (to be chaired by Sir Malcolm Grant, chairman of NHS England) would look at the issues around how conflicts of interest in the NHS could be managed.

Over the summer the Group has been developing proposals to ensure that the NHS can:

  • Actively manage conflicts of interest and associated issues of gifts, hospitality, other payments and influence
  • Provide the public with information so that they can see what is happening and, where appropriate, ask questions
  • Proactively support individuals to ensure that they know what is and is not acceptable – to prevent wrongdoing from occurring
  • Take firm and decisive action when wrongdoing is discovered

More information about the membership of the Group, and its Terms of Reference, is accessible from the NHS England website.

In this consultation the outputs of the Task and Finish Group’s work is presented for your views.

The questions in this consultation correspond to the questions contained in the Task and Finish Group’s consultation document. Therefore, you should have this to hand when responding.

Why your views matter

To test our thinking to date to allow us to review them further, refine them, and ultimately commend them for adoption across the health system in England.


What happens next

We will publish a response to this consultation later in the year.


  • Staff and organisations across the health system
  • Patients and the public


  • Partnerships and relationships
  • System wide approach to quality
  • Commissioning