Non-Executive Director of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA)

Body: NHS Counter Fraud Authority
Appointing Department: Department of Health and Social Care
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: The NEDs are remunerated at the standard rate of £7,883 per annum, with the ARC Chair receiving £13,137 per annum.
Time Requirements: 2 to 3 days per month


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

Jayne Scott, Martin Spencer and Carl Stychin have been appointed as non-executive directors of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) from 1 November 2018 until 31 October 2020, subject to security clearance. Jayne Scott has also been appointed as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

The appointments will involve a time commitment of 2 to 3 days per month. Remuneration for the roles will be at a rate of £7,883 per year, except for the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee who will receive £13,137 per year.

These appointments are 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.

Appointments are 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. Jayne Scott, Martin Spencer and Carl Stychin have not declared any political activity.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    10/09/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    05, 08 & 10 October 2018

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Ministers are seeking to make three appointments to the board of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA).


Role Description

As a Non-Executive Director of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA), you will be responsible for ensuring the sound governance of the NHSCFA, including ensuring robust and effective systems of financial control and risk management are in place. Along with the Non-Executive team, you will contribute to the development of the strategy and annual objectives to be approved by the Secretary of State. You will also ensure that the NHSCFA promotes the values of the NHS by setting a high standard for ethics and responsible business, and by building, maintaining and enhancing NHSCFA’s reputation as an open and independent body that places a high priority upon the safety of patients and staff.

You will play a key role in ensuring that the organisation is focused upon providing excellent services and good value for money and enables the NHSCFA to contribute to the wider aims of the NHS where appropriate. You will provide appropriate challenge, scrutiny and support at Board level, to ensure that valuable financial resources go where they are intended, towards the best possible patient care.

In addition, for the NED responsible for chairing the Audit and Risk Committee:

You will ensure the effective functioning of that committee which, as an important sub-committee of the Board, is responsible for providing assurance that the NHSCFA manages its financial resources effectively and efficiently; has appropriate financial controls in place; oversees management’s procedures for the identification and management of risk; and achieves a high quality of financial reporting.

Key responsibilities



  • Develop and promote the strategic focus of the NHSCFA through constructive debate and challenge at Board level
  • Support the maintenance and development of effective relationships with external stakeholders, including member organisations and partner bodies in the health and social care system. Where appropriate, to act as a good ambassador for the NHSCFA
  • Help to strengthen the reputation of the NHSCFA through ensuring that it provides timely and relevant expertise to the NHS



  • Ensure the Board acts in the best interests of the public and other stakeholders and is fully accountable for the services provided and the expenditure of public funds
  • Set ambitious  targets for all aspects of the NHSCFA’s work to ensure that it delivers high quality services, decision making and advice


In addition, for the NED responsible for chairing the Audit and Risk Committee:

  • Scrutinise the performance of senior NHSCFA staff and Executive members of the Board to ensure that financial and other performance targets are met and that the NHSCFA delivers on the objectives set out in the Business Plan and Framework Agreement.



  • Ensure that the NHSCFA has appropriate policies to promote the interests and training of its staff, so that they can provide an excellent service to customers
  • Ensure that the NHSCFA develops and maintains strong working relationships with the Department of Health, other health arms-length bodies and other stakeholders at all levels.


Governance (in addition, for the NED responsible for chairing the Audit and Risk Committee)

  • Ensure that the Audit and Risk Committee operates efficiently and effectively and discharges its responsibilities on behalf of the Board of the Authority (a copy of the Terms of Reference is attached).



Person Specification

Qualities required for the role of a NHSCFA NED

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

 An ability to analyse complex and sometimes conflicting data and to draw balanced conclusions from information presented to you

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to gain the confidence of senior stakeholders
  • First class team-working skills and the willingness to work in a corporate manner to achieve the NHSCFA’s objectives


In addition, for the NED responsible for chairing the Audit and Risk Committee:


  • A strong financial acumen and background and experience of governance, risk management, assurance and internal control functions, including through membership of or close working with audit committees. A recognised financial qualification and/or previous experience of sitting on an audit



Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

This post is subject to an exception order under the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This stipulates that all previous convictions, including those that are ‘spent’ must be declared. Previous convictions will not necessarily preclude an individual from employment but must be declared in writing at the appropriate stage during the recruitment process.


Post holders must hold or be prepared to undergo Security Clearance vetting.

Additional Information

On 1 November 2017 the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (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 DHSC Anti-Fraud Unit (DHSC AFU) has overall responsibility for the scope, strategy and direction of all counter fraud activity across the health service. It is also the DH 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. However, from data gathered in 2016-17, the NHSCFA estimate NHS loss at £1.29 billion per annum. These losses occur in various areas across the NHS, from patients incorrectly claiming an exemption from prescription fees to dental contractors acting fraudulently There are still gaps in business areas where the picture is less clear and in need of enhancement. The NHSCFA are committed to understanding the nature and scale of fraud in the NHS as it is critical to the development of strategies to tackle it.


Resources and objectives

The NHSCFA will bring a wide range of resources to bear on the problem of NHS fraud. The NHSCFA employs over 150 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:


  1. Deliver the DH strategy, vision and strategic plan, and be the principal lead for counter fraud activity in the NHS in England.


  1. Be the single expert intelligence led organisation providing a centralised investigation capacity for complex economic crime matters.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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: SP17-39 in the subject field and clearly indicate if you are applying for the ARC chair role.


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

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


Applications must be received by midday on 10 September 2018.


In making an application please note the following:

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.


Conflicts of interest

If you have any business or personal interests that might be relevant to the work of NHSCFA and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your Supporting letter.


If appointed, you will also be required to declare these interests on appointment and they will be entered into a register which is available to the public.


Standards in public life and ensuring public confidence

Given the nature of public appointments, it is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of the public and Government. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment to Ministers or NHSCFA or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Assessment Panel and provide details of the issue/s in your Supporting letter. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media.


The panel may explore any issues you declare with you before they make a recommendation on the appointment.


Failure to disclose such information could result in an appointment being terminated, as those who hold public appointments are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of corporate and personal conduct, and are required to subscribe to the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies, as part of agreeing to the terms and conditions of appointment. You can access this document at:


There are also circumstances in which individuals may not be considered for appointment, due to them not meeting certain eligibility criteria for appointment. For further information, please refer to Section 2.3: Disqualification from Appointment in the candidate information pack.


The disqualification criteria for the NHSCFA  is set out in the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (Establishment, Constitution, and Staff and Other Transfer Provisions) Order 2017, no. 958. Please see Schedule 2, Part 1 (3)



 Please ensure your CV includes:

  • Your full name, title, home address, personal contact telephone numbers (land line and mobile) and personal email address


  • Similar contact details for two referees who will support your application. One referee should be the person to whom you are/were accountable in your current/most recent appointment or position of employment. Please indicate the relationship of each referee to you. References will be requested for short-listed candidates prior to interview


  • Brief details of your current or most recent post and the dates you occupied this role. Please identify any past or present Ministerial appointments.


Monitoring form

 Please complete the monitoring form. Diversity monitoring information will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel assessing your application.


If you are appointed to this role, please note that any political activity you declare will be published in accordance with the Governance Code on Public Appointments.


Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Department of Health and Social Care operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for disabled people. The Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities. Under the GIS a disabled candidate will be selected for interview if they meet the essential criteria for the post.


If you wish to apply under the GIS please complete the GIS form and return it with your application.


All applications will be acknowledged by email after the closing date.



For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Daniel Clemence

Appointments Team

Tel:  0113 2545335



For further information regarding the role of the NHSCFA and the role of a NED please contact:


Name:  Mark Richardson

Tel:  0207 972 1044



Please quote reference SP17 39 on all correspondence.


If you choose to apply, we would like to thank you in advance for your time and effort in making an application.

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