Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is committed to applying the highest standards
of ethical conduct and integrity in its business activities in the UK and
overseas. Every employee and individual acting on the Trust’s behalf is
responsible for maintaining the organisation's reputation and for conducting
Trust business honestly and professionally.
Trust considers that bribery and corruption has a detrimental impact on Trust
business by undermining good governance. We benefit from carrying out our
functions in a transparent and ethical way and helping to ensure that there is
honest, open and fair competition in the NHS. Where there is a level playing
field, the Trust can lead by example and deliver excellent services to our
fair conduct helps to foster deeper relationships of trust between the Trust
and our partners. It is vital for our reputation and future growth.
Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust does not tolerate any form of bribery, whether
direct or indirect, by, or of, its staff, agents or consultants or any persons
or entities acting for it or on its behalf. The board and senior management are
committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems throughout the Trust
to prevent, monitor and eliminate bribery, in accordance with the Bribery Act 2010.
Trust has issued revisions to key policies including, the Counter Fraud,
bribery and Corruption Policy, Standards of Business Conduct and Freedom to
Speak Up: Raising concerns (Whistleblowing) policy outlining our position on
preventing and prohibiting bribery, details can also be found on the Trust’s
intranet. The provisions of these updated policies apply to all employees, as
well as agency workers, consultants and contractors acting on behalf of the
Trust. All employees and other individuals acting for the Trust are required to
familiarise themselves and comply with these amendments with immediate effect.
bribe is a financial advantage or other reward that is offered to, given to, or
received by an individual or company (whether directly or indirectly) to induce
or influence that individual or company to perform public or corporate
functions or duties improperly. Employees and others acting for or on behalf of
the organisation are strictly prohibited from making, soliciting or receiving any
bribes or unauthorised payments.
part of its anti-bribery measures, the organisation is committed to
transparent, proportionate, reasonable and bona fide hospitality and
promotional expenditure. Such expenditure must be authorised in advance, in
accordance with the procedures set out in the organisation's policies.
breach of the organisation's Standards of Business Conduct policy by an
employee will be treated as grounds for disciplinary action, which may result
in a finding of gross misconduct, and immediate dismissal. Employees and other
individuals acting for the organisation should note that bribery is a criminal
offence that may result in up to 10 years' imprisonment and/or an unlimited
fine for the individual and an unlimited fine for the organisation.
Trust will not conduct business with service providers, agents or
representatives that do not support the organisation's anti-bribery objectives.
We reserve the right to terminate its contractual arrangements with any third
parties acting for, or on behalf of, the organisation with immediate effect
where there is evidence that they have committed acts of bribery.
The success of
the Trust’s anti-bribery measures depends on all employees, and those acting
for the organisation, playing their part in helping to detect and eradicate
bribery. Therefore, all employees and others acting for, or on behalf of, the
organisation are encouraged to report any suspected bribery in accordance with
the procedures set out in either Freedom To Speak Up: Whistleblowing Policy and
Procedure and/or the Counter Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy. The
Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust will support any individuals who make such a
report, provided that it is made in good faith.