We align our strategy with local and regional plans, the health and social care of our community and NHS long term plans. We work closely with partners as a member of the Buckinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) and as part of the wider Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care System (ICS)
Find out more in our annual report 2019-2020.
How we will achieve this
How we improve our patient care
We take a quality improvement approach through everything we do, and empower our staff to make small but meaningful improvements in their own daily working lives. We work with patient assessors across the Trust to support regular quality reviews.
We also make sure that staff have the resources and time to deliver high quality, compassionate care through our environments, staff wellbeing, or digital infrastructure.
How we value equality and diversity
We’re committed to ensuring that everyone is treated with dignity and respect and to challenge and root out discrimination. We want the Trust to be a community where our patients and our staff feel valued, safe and free from discrimination of any kind.
We’re proud to be a diversity champion, partnering with Stonewall, Europe’s biggest charity supporting, advising and championing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) inclusion.
The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. The categories apply to everyone and not just minorities. They are:
- gender reassignment
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
- pregnancy and maternity
- marriage/civil partnership.
We all have a gender, a sexual orientation, a race, a belief (including Atheism or Agnosticism).
Every policy and service at the Trust has an Equality Impact Assessment to highlight if there will be a negative impact for any of these 9 protected characteristics.
The Equality Act also introduced a Public Sector General Equality Duty that requires public sector organisations to positively promote equality. This is measured by the Equality Delivery System (EDS) gradings, which we publish annually alongside a set of our equality reports.
How we manage our finances
Our finance director has responsibility for making sure that we use our funds to provide the best possible care for our patients, and maintaining transparent and fair relationships between the Trust and its partners.
The Trust does not tolerate any form of bribery or fraud, 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 bribery, in accordance with the Bribery Act 2010, and to counter fraud by ensuring the Trust is compliant with the NHS Counter Fraud Authority Standards for Providers: Fraud, Bribery and Corruption.
We work closely with our local counter fraud specialist (see below for more information), and encourage anyone who suspects a fraud or bribery offence to report their concerns as soon as possible.
We’re required by law to protect the public funds we administer. We may share information provided with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud. The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.
Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.
We participate in the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative. It’s a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud
The processing of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under data protection legislation or the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Find out more about the reasons why the process matches particular information
For further information on data matching at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust please contact Sophie Coster our local counter fraud specialist, email@example.com
You can also find out more about how the NFI assists the NHS and other public sector organisations