Countering fraud

Each NHS trust and health body is directed by the Secretary of State to provide counter fraud provision, these counter fraud officers are working with the CCG towards eradicating fraud within the NHS.

The NHS Counter Fraud Authority estimated that fraud cost the NHS around £1.25 billion per annum in 2016-17.

If you work for our CCG and have a suspicion of a fraud occurring in your workplace, or if you are a member of the public and are concerned that a fraud might be taking place at the trust please do not hesitate to contact us.


Chris Lovegrove, 
NHS Counter Fraud Manager

Tel: 01424 776750
Mobile: 07879 434976

Email: /

Claire Friend, NHS Counter Fraud Officer
Tel: 01424 776750
Mobile: 07768 888793
Email: /

Alternatively you can contact:
NHS Fraud and Corruption Reporting Line 0800 028 40 60
or submit a report online at

What does NHS fraud look like?

By health professionals: Fraud by NHS professionals includes claiming for treatment or services not provided (e.g. Medicines Use Reviews at pharmacies, dental treatment or optical services not carried out) and working elsewhere while on sick leave.

By managers and staff: Fraud by NHS managers and staff includes submitting fraudulent claims for grants and payments (e.g. false or inflated travel or subsistence claims, and fraudulent applications for funding and training).

By contractors and suppliers: Contractor and supplier fraud includes charging for items of a higher quality or greater quantity than those supplied, and using inappropriate tendering processes.

By patients: Patient fraud includes claiming for free or reduced cost treatment and services when not entitled, and using aliases to get prescription drugs.

The NHS Counter Fraud Service wants to hear from you if you have any suspicions of fraud. If in doubt – make the referral.

Remember, fraud in the NHS deprives hospitals and patients of valuable equipment, staff and resources and costs you, the taxpayer, more money to fund the NHS.

It’s your NHS. Don’t let them get away with it.