Health partnerships conduct their activities with integrity and cultivate trust in their interactions with stakeholders.
Participating in a health partnership will inherently expose organisations and individuals to risk. Although this is part of everyday life, it is important to understand, assess and mitigate against it, ensuring that appropriate due diligence and duty of care is in place.
This document provides information and advice related to Fraud, Bribery and Corruption and is intended as a resource for all Health Partnerships. Fraud is defined as an act carried out with the deliberate intention of deceiving the charity, its donors, beneficiaries or the general public to gain a personal advantage, or cause loss to another.
Procurement is defined as the act of obtaining or buying goods and services. It refers to steps around the preparation and processing of demand as well as the end receipt and approval of payment.
For health partnerships, it may be one of the riskier areas of financial management, vulnerable to exploitation or abuse. Sound procurement policies are therefore important as they help to ensure that purchasing takes place in an open, fair and competitive way that represents value for money. Policies will include adequate internal controls to prevent possible abuse and enhance accountability, thus also helping to minimise opportunities for fraud, bribery and corruption.
For the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland and University Teaching Hospital, Zambia partnership, the unanticipated challenges of data collection, monitoring and evaluation proved to be a steep learning curve. We hear how the partnership resolved these problems, and the lessons they learned for the future.
For Improving Global Health (IGH) through Leadership Development programme, managing risks is more than just completing a register; the partnership has developed formal processes for close management of NHS volunteers so that their placements can be as beneficial as possible for them and their host institution.