Chair of NHS Counter Fraud Authority

Body: NHS Counter Fraud Authority
Appointing Department: Department of Health and Social Care
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: London
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Change Management
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £14,450 per annum
Time Requirements: 2 to 3 days per month


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Tom Taylor has been appointed as the chair of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority from 1 August 2018 until 31 October 2020, subject to security clearance.

The appointment will involve a time commitment of 2 to 3 days per month. Remuneration for the role will be at a rate of £14,450 per annum.

This appointment is made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Governance for Public Appointments. The regulation of public appointments against the requirements of this Code is carried out by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The appointment is made on merit and political activity played no part in the decision process. However, in accordance with the Code, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Tom Taylor has not declared any political activity.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    25/07/2018 at 00:00

Panel Sift, Interview and Announcement dates are yet to be fixed and will be updated at the earliest opportunity


Assessment Panel

  • Chris Young Added 14/03/2018

    Panel Chair

    DHSC Deputy Director - Accounts and Operations • Departmental Official

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  • Mark Richardson Added 14/03/2018

    Interim Deputy Director, DHSC Anti-Fraud Unit • Other Panel Member

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  • Kristin Jones Added 14/03/2018

    Head of the Specialist Fraud Division, Crown Prosecution Service • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description


Ministers are seeking to make an appointment to the board of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA).


Role and Responsibilities of the Chair

 The Chair will lead the Board of Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) and Executive Directors (EDs). The Chair will hold the Chief Executive and Finance Director to account, and will share corporate responsibility for the decisions of the NHSCFA Board and the performance of the organisation. Along with the NEDs, the Chair will contribute to the development of strategy; stakeholder engagement; and annual objectives to be approved by the Secretary of State, and ensure sound governance, including robust and effective systems of financial control and risk management.


The role will include a particular focus on:

  • Overseeing strategic direction setting in cooperation and accordance with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) Counter Fraud Strategic Plan, including working collaboratively with several NHS bodies, Cabinet Office, Ministers, senior Government officials, and representatives of employer and employee interests
  • Monitoring developments in the NHS, bring insights on the issues facing the NHS to NHSCFA discussions and ensuring the Board has access to these issues
  • Supporting and challenging the executive team
  • Performance monitoring and evaluating the NHSCFA functions
  • Ensuring effective induction of the NEDs and the development of the Board as a whole
  • Ensuring propriety, probity and value for money
  • Advising the DHSC on the performance of non-executive directors
  • Ensuring comprehensive and appropriate cooperation with DHSC on all matters
  • Working with the Chief Executive in accountability meetings with Ministers and officials


Person Specification

Qualities required for the role of Chair

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.


Essential Criteria  

  • Ability to chair and lead the development of a high-performing, new national organisation in a complex, fast-moving environment
  • A portfolio of corporate governance and organisational skills, including strategic planning, financial and risk management, managing organisational change, and developing a positive organisational culture and values
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a skilled communicator
  • Ability to work collaboratively across organisational boundaries to achieve shared goals


Additional Information

On 1 November 2017 the NHSCFA, a new special health authority, took over responsibility for tackling fraud and corruption in the NHS in England. The NHSCFA replaced NHS Protect and has been created as a standalone body to provide the independence required to counter fraud and protect resources intended for patient care.

The DHSCAFU has overall responsibility for the scope, strategy and direction of all counter fraud activity across the health service. It is also the DHSC sponsor for the NHSCFA.

Aligned with the DHSC Health Group Counter Fraud strategy, the NHSCFA acts as the principal lead for the NHS and wider health group in counter fraud intelligence work. Working to Government and Cabinet office standards, the NHSCFA will deliver cross system counter fraud capability to produce intelligence on fraud risks impacting upon or threatening the NHS and wider health group; and enable pro-active fraud detection to drive improvements to all aspects of counter fraud work across the NHS. The NHSCFA also investigate the most serious, complex and high-profile cases of fraud, and work closely with the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to bring offenders to justice. Their specialist financial investigators have powers to recover NHS money lost to fraud.


The nature of the problem

All types of financial loss to the public purse reduce the government’s ability to provide public services. Financial losses in the NHS due to fraud divert precious resources from patient care and negatively affect the health service’s ability to meet people’s needs


The risk of fraud extends to every transaction, contract and payment made across the Health Group. Clearly, the vast majority of activity is correct and honest. Work undertaken so far has identified levels of fraud related losses in specific areas, but the full extent is difficult to quantify and can only be estimated. For example, within the NHS in England, it is estimated that over £277m is lost each year as a result of patients incorrectly claiming an exemption from prescription fees.  A further £120.7m is estimated to be lost due to dental contractors acting fraudulently and an additional £39.3m is estimated as lost to fraud by optical contactors. These three examples are not the only areas of financial loss due to fraud.


Resources and objectives

The NHSCFA will bring a wide range of resources to bear on the problem of NHS fraud. The NHSCFA employs 170 staff across three offices in London, Coventry and Newcastle. Their experienced staff includes specialists in intelligence, fraud prevention, computer forensics, fraud investigation, financial investigation, data analysis and communications.

The NHSCFA’s objectives and priorities are to:

  • Deliver the DHSC strategy, vision and strategic plan, and be the principal lead for counter fraud activity in the NHS in England.
  • Be the single expert intelligence led organisation providing a centralised investigation capacity for complex economic crime matters.
  • Lead, guide and influence the improvement of standards in counter fraud work, in line with HM Government Counter Fraud Professional Standards, across the NHS and wider health group, through review, assessment and benchmark reporting of counter fraud provision across the system.
  • Take the lead and encourage fraud reporting across the NHS and wider health group, by raising the profile of fraud and its effect on the health care system.
  • Invest in and develop NHSCFA staff; recognise their expertise and passion to deliver high quality counter fraud work for the NHS; and ensure and demonstrate that our professionals are respected for their contribution and that they feel proud to work for the NHSCFA.


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How to Apply

To make an application please email your CV, a supporting letter and completed monitoring forms to: – please quote ref: SP17-38 in the subject field.


If you are unable to apply by email you may send your application by post to:

Kully Kanda Department of Health and Social Care, Room 1N09, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UE


Applications must be received by midday on 25 April 2018.


Supporting letter 

The supporting letter is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria set out in the person specification. It will benefit the Advisory Assessment Panel if you can be clear which particular evidence you provide relates to which criteria. Providing separate paragraphs in relation to each criterion is common practice. Please write all acronyms in full first.

Please ensure your full name, the role to which you are applying and the corresponding reference number for the post are clearly noted at the top of your letter.

Please limit your letter to two pages, and type or write clearly in black ink.

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