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About NHS Protect

NHS Protect leads on work to protect NHS staff and resources from crime.

We deal with a wide range of issues, including violence against NHS staff, theft of NHS property and economic crime (i.e. fraud, bribery and corruption) affecting NHS resources.

NHS Protect is the operating name of the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service. We are part of the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) and work to a memorandum of understanding with the NHSBSA and the Department of Health (DH) for our work. The DH Anti Fraud Unit (DH AFU) is the departmental sponsor for NHS Protect.

Our remit covers England and Wales for economic crime, and only England for all other issues. In Wales we provide NHS anti-fraud services to the Welsh Assembly Government under section 83 of the Government of Wales Act 2006. Please see the NHS Counter Fraud Service Wales page for more details.

Creation of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority

Work is under way to create a new special health authority dedicated to tackling fraud, bribery and corruption within the health service.

As announced by the Department of Health, the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) began in shadow form in April 2017. It will be established as an independent special health authority in autumn 2017.

The new organisation will be created using the existing professional resources and staff from NHS Protect.

The NHSCFA will provide a clear focus for both the prevention and investigation of fraud across the health service and will work with NHS England and NHS Improvement to properly uncover fraud and tackle it effectively.

The NHSCFA will not have a remit for security management work. NHS Protect’s security management functions are currently being decommissioned as part of the transition leading to the creation of the NHSCFA.

You can still find information relating to our security management work on our web pages; this will remain available until the NHSCFA is created. We are currently looking at options for archiving some of this content so it can still be accessed for reference later on.

For more information about our work and the creation of the NHSCFA, please see the What we do page.