Non-Executive Directors of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (VAC-1704)

Body: NHS Counter Fraud Authority
Appointing Department: Department of Health
Sector: Health
Location: London/Various
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: The NEDs are remunerated at the standard rate of £7,883 per annum
Time Requirements: Two to three days per month.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    19/01/2021 at Midday

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Paul Golightly Added 17/12/2020

    Panel Chair

    DHSC senior sponsor for NHSCFA (panel chair) • Departmental Official

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  • Tom Taylor Added 17/12/2020

    Panel Chair

    Chair of NHSCFA • Representative of Organisation

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  • Dawn Hallett, Deputy Director of HMRC Fraud Investigation Service Added 17/12/2020

    Deputy Director of HMRC Fraud Investigation Service • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description


Ministers are seeking to make up to 3 appointments to the board of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA).

The NHSCFA board is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the organisation and ensuring we are able to account to Parliament and the public on how we deliver our functions. Information on objectives and the services provided can be found at

Role and Responsibilities of a Non-Executive Director

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.

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 role model the Seven Principles of Public Life, also known as the ‘Nolan principles’. 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, ensuring that the Authority learns from things that can go wrong in the NHS and shares that learning, to improve patient safety and the standard of care.

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


  • 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.


Person Specification

Qualities required for the role of a NED

The Department of Health and Social Care values and promotes diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. The boards of public bodies should reflect the population they are there to serve. Boards also benefit from fresh perspectives, and we are always keen to encourage candidates with private sector experience to consider applying for our roles.

Essential Criteria

  • The ambition and ability to both challenge and support the NHSCFA to make a significant impact in protecting the NHS from fraud, bribery and corruption
  • Sound judgment, with an ability to analyse often complex and conflicting information and to draw a balanced conclusion
  • Excellent communication skills and with the ability to gain the confidence of senior stakeholders
  • First class team-working skills and the willingness to work in a corporate manner to ensure the NHSCFA delivers its objectives.


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 appointment 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

Message from the Chair, NHS Counter Fraud Authority

Dear candidate,

Thank you for your interest in this exciting and challenging role at the NHSCFA. The NHSCFA is a Special Health Authority, which Parliament has just unanimously extended for a further three years. You will be joining a successful Board of Non-Executive and Executive Directors who are passionate about their work.

Fraud in the healthcare system not only undermines public confidence in the NHS but also diverts valuable resources away from front line healthcare at a time when we need every penny more than ever, as the NHS responds to the greatest challenge it has faced since its creation, the COVID 19 pandemic.

The NHSCFA was created as an independent special health authority to focus entirely on counter fraud work. It is a centre of excellence employing specialists in intelligence, fraud prevention, computer forensics, fraud investigation, financial investigation, data analysis and communications – all working together to detect, reduce and deter economic crime targeting the NHS. You will work with other Board members to lead, support and drive the organisation to ensure that valuable financial resources go where they are intended, towards the best possible patient care.

The NHSCFA’s Departmental sponsor is the Department of Health and Social Care Anti-Fraud Unit, which holds the NHSCFA Board to account for the delivery of its strategy on behalf of the Secretary of State.

This is a brilliant time to be joining NHSCFA as we launch our new three year Strategy to lead and proactively support the NHS to understand, find, prevent and respond to fraud.


Chair, NHS Counter Fraud Authority


NHS Counter Fraud Authority role and responsibilities

The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) is a Special Health Authority, was created under section 28 of the National Health Service Act 2006 and established on 1 November 2017, under The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (Establishment, Constitution, and Staff and Other Transfer Provisions) Order 2017. It carries out the Secretary of State’s counter fraud functions in respect of the health service in England.

With a resource of around 163 full time staff, for 2019/20, the arms-length body (ALB) received an indicative non-ringfenced revenue budget allocation of £11.327 million. This is in contrast to tackling counter fraud for which the NHSCFA Strategic Intelligence Assessment 2020 estimates that the annual loss, to the NHS in England, to fraud is £1.21 billion.

The NHSCFA Board is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the organisation and ensuring that the ALB are able to account to Parliament and the public on how it delivers its functions.  The NHSCFA has recently published its Annual report and Accounts 2019/20.

The current NHSCFA strategy covers the period of 2017 – 2020 and will soon publish a new strategy, setting out the organisations’ priorities, for the next 3 years.

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